The young and untested United States moguls team said Monday (5th Feb) it is brimming with confidence ahead of the Winter Olympics "O-Show". They are one of the youngest American teams at the Winter Olympics, featuring four seventeen year-olds. But the United States moguls squad is full of confidence and expecting to be on the podium in Pyeongchang. The women's team boasts four of the ten top moguls skiers in the world, including world number one Jaelin Kauf.
22-year-old Keaton McCargo, who sits eighth in the world rankings, said the women's team feels they are the best at these Olympics with the potential for any one of them to win a medal in Korea. In men's moguls, returning Olympian Bradley Wilson, currently ranked seventh in the world, is joined by first-timers Casey Andringa, Troy Murphy and Emerson Smith.
Wilson, who finished 20th at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, admitted the pressure at what he called "The O-Show" will be intense, but was confident the squad will shake off the nerves once they settle into the start gate.
Women's world number one Jaelin Kauf arrives in Pyeongchang in top form. The 21-year-old from Vail, Colorado had three podium finishes in qualifying events this season and is the top American hope for gold in the moguls. Kauf said being at the Olympics as world number one has given a boost to her confidence and she expects to perform up to her ranking in Pyeongchang.