My goal is to be the best female mogul skier in the world.
I am currently training for the 2017/18 World Cup season with the goal to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
My name is Jaelin Kauf. I am twenty one years old and a member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. After winning the 2015-2016 U.S. Freestyle Team Selections in December I earned the opportunity to compete in my first World Cup competition. I went on to earn my first World Cup podium, I was named FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year and was named to the U.S. Ski Team. In 2016/17 I skied my first full World Cup Tour, won a World Cup, podiumed at World Championships and finsihed the season ranked 7th in the World. While my results this season surpassed my initial expectations, I am driven to continue to progress and improve.
I was raised in the ski industry with two professional skiers as my parents. As a kid, my brother and I watched old re-run videos of my parents winning 7 Pro Mogul Tours and we stood on the podium with my mom at the X-Games. Skiing Grand Targhee was where my passion was ignited, chasing my brother around the mountain. It never mattered if you were a racer, big mountain or freestyle skier, we all skied together and we all skied everything. I grew up with no fear, no limits and believing that nothing would hold me back from achieving my goals.
After moving to Colorado to join the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, they pushed and build up this idea even more. It was there, looking up at the Olympian Flags hanging from the ceiling, that I realized that I could be an Olympian too. With the encouragement of the whole community and SSWSC, I decided to pursue skiing at the highest level and to put everything I had into the sport.
I NEED YOUR HELP
The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has limited funding for athletes and the cost to compete and train at the World Cup level is very expensive. I will do everything that I can to achieve my goals, but I cannot do it alone. I need a support group and team that will share the journey with me.
Growing up in the skiing community, I've learned more than how to simply improve my skills on skis. I've learned the benefits of passion, dedication, hard work, and commitment. Most importantly, I've learned that it takes a whole team to make my goals a reality. Thank you for making a difference and choosing to be a part of my team!
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