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Bumps in her blood: Olympian's family made for moguls

Alta's Jaelin Kauf runs the course during the women's moguls qualifying at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Alta native Jaelin Kauf won the individual mogul crown at New Hampshire's Waterville Valley Resort on Saturday, earning the skier her first U.S. Freestyle Championship.

Kauf tallied a total 83.19 in the finals to beat second-place Hannah Soar's total of 80.82. Kauf was the fastest among finals competitors and posted the best turns total.

"I feel like I've been trying for quite a few years and haven't been able to get there yet so I'm really stoked," Kauf told U.S. Ski and Snowboarding. "There is so much talent on the U.S. women's mogul team. ... To be able to walk away with a win and stand on top of the podium today means a lot."

Kauf, now in her third year on the U.S. Ski team, finished third at the 2017 U.S. Championships. She competed at the 2018 Olympic Games as part of the U.S. Ski team.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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