From Grand Targhee to the 2018 Winter Olympics
“I grew up with no fear, no limits and believing that nothing would hold me back from achieving my goals” (Kauf, 2017).
2018 Winter Olympian’s Targhee Roots:
February is here and the Winter Olympics begin this week. The games are generating a bit more buzz in our area than usual, and that’s because one of our own, Jaelin Kauf, will be competing for the U.S Olympic Freestyle Ski Team in moguls. Stickers and pins bearing her name can be seen around the resort as residents sport them proudly. Jaelin’s memories and views of skiing are much the same as many of ours, and her love for the sport resonates with her many supporters. On her website’s “about me page” she reminisces about growing up at the Ghee and explains how it helped her get to where she is today; “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 skied everything. I grew up with no fear, no limits and believing that nothing would hold me back from achieving my goals” (Kauf, 2017).
About the Olympian Mogul Skier:
Jaelin Kauf, 21, began learning to ski at a young age with help from her parents Patti and Scott Kauf who are masters of the sport in their own right, both being World Pro Mogul Tour Champions. Jaelin advanced quickly through the ranks when she won the 2015-16 U.S. Freestyle Team Selections, and by the end of the 2016-17 season was ranked 7th in the world. Speed is what sets her apart from competitors, posting the fastest run of the super final at the first three stops of the 2017-18 World Cup season.
These days her family still calls this area home but she trains in Park City, UT at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, while traveling around the globe for competitions. Along with her immediate family, her godfather, Grand Targhee’s Ski School Director Mark Hanson, has headed to PyeongChang to cheer her on.
How to Watch:
Check out NBC Sports for livestream and broadcast options. Women’s Qualifiers are scheduled for February 8th between 8:00-8:45PM EST, Finals are scheduled February 11th 5:30-6:00AM EST and 7:00-8:40AM EST. For locals both The Wildroom in Victor and our own Trap Bar and Grill will be hosting viewing parties of the finals on Sunday, February 11th from 5:00PM to 9:00PM MST.
Emily joined Grand Targhee’s team after making the decision to move across the country in search of a place where she’d be able to fuse her passion, work, and love for the mountains into one. She’s decided, life at Targhee definitely beats the rat race she came from.