Five Athletes Qualify For Moguls Final
Cole McDonald, Dylan Walczyk, Jaelin Kauf, Olivia Giaccio, and Hannah Soar each qualified to compete in mogul finals this coming weekend after laying down solid runs in the first mogul's qualifier of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
Kauf posted the top result for the U.S. women in the first qualifier, finishing third, followed by Giaccio in fourth, and Soar in seventh. McDonald led the way for the American men in fifth. Walczyk finished tenth overall. Because each athlete finished in the top 10 in Thursday’s first qualification round, they do not have to compete in a second qualification round this weekend and will head straight to the finals.
“In the start gate I felt super good up there, really calm, not too nervous,” commented 18-year-old McDonald. “I was really happy with that top jump. I thought I landed super well and skied out super well. The middle section felt great, very few breaks in there. The only flaw in that run I felt like was in the bottom air, but overall really happy with my first Olympic run.”
The Olympic format for moguls competition consists of two qualification rounds. In the first qualifier, the top 10 skiers advance directly to the final. The remaining 20 skiers have another opportunity to qualify in a second qualification round. Each athlete is then ranked by their best run between qualifiers one and two, to determine the second group of 10 skiers that will advance into the final.
A total of 20 athletes of each gender will compete in the final rounds that determine who will take home an Olympic medal. The top 12 scores of Final Round 1 advance to Final Round 2. In Final Round 2, the top six scores advance to the super final, where the top six athletes will compete for a spot on the Olympic podium and a medal for their home country.
The second round of qualifications is scheduled for the same day as finals. Nick Page and Bradley Wilson will have another chance to qualify for the final round on Saturday, Feb. 5. Kai Owens has the opportunity to compete in Sunday's event per FIS rules. Owens did not start in the first qualification round on Thursday.
HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.
Friday, Feb. 4, 2022
6:30 a.m. NBC Special Opening Ceremony Live from 2022 Winter Olympic Games, NBC Broadcast, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
11:00 p.m. West Coast Encore Opening Ceremony 2022 Winter Olympic Games, National Stadium, Beijing, CHN NBC Broadcast
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022
3:00 a.m. Primetime Opening Ceremony 2022 Winter Olympic Games, National Stadium, Beijing, CHN, NBC Broadcast
5:00 a.m. Freestyle Skiing – Men's Moguls Qualifying 2, Secret Garden, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
6:00 a.m. Freestyle Skiing – Men's Moguls Finals, Secret Garden, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022
5:00 a.m. Freestyle Skiing – Women's Moguls Qualifying 2, Secret Garden, Zhangjiakou, CHN, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
6:00 a.m. Freestyle Skiing – Women's Moguls Qualifying 2, Secret Garden, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network
6:30 a.m. Freestyle Skiing – Women's Moguls Finals, Secret Garden, Zhangjiakou, CHN, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
6:30 a.m. 2022 Winter Olympics Medal Ceremonies Day 2, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock