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Team USA’s Jaelin Kauf captures moguls silver in Beijing

Silver medallist USA's Jaelin Kauf celebrates on the podium during the venue ceremony after the freestyle skiing women's moguls final during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Genting Snow Park A & M Stadium in Zhangjiakou on February 6, 2022. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Jaelin Kauf dazzled in the women’s mogul final Sunday, clinching Team USA’s second silver medal of the Beijing Games.

The 25-year-old scored an 80.28, bested only by Jakara Anthony of Australia, who notched an 83.09 to capture gold.

Anthony sealed gold in the last run of the night, finishing with a backflip with a grab at the bottom. The 23-year-old’s first-place finish is the first time an Aussie won the moguls Olympic competition since Dale Begg-Smith took home gold at the 2006 Turin Games.

Russia’s Anastasiia Smirnova rounded out the event’s podium, taking home bronze after Sunday’s final, while Team USA’s Olivia Giaccio finished the moguls event in sixth place in her Olympic debut.