ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva won a gold medal in moguls at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski World Cup stage in Thaiwoo, part of China’s northeastern Hebei province, on Dec. 22.
The future facility for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games 2022 turned out to be successful for the Kazakhs. On the second day of competition, Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva won her gold medal with 80.88 points. The previous leader, Jaelin Kauf of the United States, lost to her by 0.80 points. Third place went to Andi Naude (Canada) with 80.03 points.
This was the second medal for the Kazakh athlete in these competitions as Galysheva won silver on the first day of the World Cup stage.
The day before she took the second place in moguls with 77.79 points, losing 0.11 points to Kauf.
“I decided to give my all after I failed at the first World Cup stage. I thought I should get out of this situation and at least get into the top 10 to score points in the World Cup. That is how I succeeded yesterday,” Galysheva said.
However, on the second day, she took a confident win.
“It was terribly cold, and I could not see anything. I came 9th to the final. The coach said I should go forward, and I decided to take another chance. I got to the final. Well, I had nothing to lose then, and I just enjoyed. It so happened that I won. This is my first victory in the individual moguls, before I was 2nd and 3rd,” shared Galysheva.
In men’s event, Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury won again. This was his tenth victory in a row at World Cup stages, with a total of 44 victories in cup competitions. The Canadian athlete scored 85.94 points, while Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Reiherd with 84.92 points took the second place. The third place went to Australian Matt Graham with 82.96 points.
After these successes in the World Cup rankings in moguls, Galysheva is placed second with 180 points, Reiherd is second among men with 160 points. The season’s main competition in winter sports, the Olympic Games, will be held in South Korea’s PyeongChang Feb. 9-25, 2018.