California girl K.C. Oakley continues to make her presence known on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, earning her first World Cup win in 2015.
Troy Murphy finished just off the podium in fourth as the best mogul skiers in the world tried out a new course at Thaiwoo Ski Resort.
The USSA sat down with Oakley to explore what makes her a champion. Here’s what she had to say.
Mikaela Matthews put down seven clean runs on Ruka’s steep mogul course to claim her first career World Cup win at the 2016 FIS Freestyle dual moguls opener.
The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team returns to competition this Saturday as the 2015-16 FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup kicks offs in Ruka, Finland.
In the last event of the 2015 season, Tom Rowley and Nessa Dziemian were crowned dual mogul champions at the USANA U.S. Freestyle National Championships.
Olympic champion Hannah Kearney bid farewell to the Champion moguls run, finishing second at the Visa Freestyle International. Dylan Walczyk was second in men's moguls.
Veteran K.C. Oakley skied a powerful run to win her first World Cup. Patrick Deneen was third for the men.
Hannah Kearney kicked of 2015 with her first World Cup win of the season in Calgary, Alberta.
McPhie Takes Win at Word Cup Opener
For U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athlete K.C. Oakley, the fight against lung cancer is personal.
Rookie of the Year K.C. Oakley stood atop her second podium of the weekend when she won dual moguls.
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT), K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA), and Jonathan Lillis (Rochester, NY) were voted FIS Freestyle World Cup Rookies of the Year.
Stratton Hosts U.S. Freestyle Champs
Watch as Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney looks to extend her record FIS Freestyle World Cup win streak to 13 Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Visa Freestyle International hosted by Deer Valley Resort.
K.C. Oakley Quick Facts
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The cousin of Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team founder, Clay Beck, K.C. Oakley stuck with the family tradition. She joined the Alpine Meadows team at 13 and made the three-hour commute to Tahoe from Piedmont, CA every weekend all winter. At 17, she narrowed her focus to just moguls and began competing in NorAm events. At the end of the 2011 season, she captured her first two NorAm wins, the overall NorAm title and a silver medal at U.S. Championships, earning her invite to the U.S. Ski Team.
Winter 2014 was a recovery season for Oakley, who was battling injuries in both shins but still managed a top-ten finish at one of the circuit’s most difficult courses, Deer Valley. She saw success at Deer Valley once again in 2015, earning her first World Cup win on the Champion mogul run. Oakley battled injuries througout the 2015-16 season, but she plans to return in full force for 2017.
Read more about K.C. in her #WhatMakesAChamp story.
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