a.k.a. Mogul Matt
In the 2014/15 season, Australia's Matt Graham made a huge leap up the moguls World Cup rankings, scoring the first three podiums of his career and finishing the campaign fifth overall after spending the previous four seasons ranked anywhere from 22-60th overall.
While the jump was the logical result of the impressive growth in his skiing technique and consistency, at the start of the 2015/16 season it remained to be seen whether Graham's progression could continue in the stacked men's moguls World Cup field, where Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) reigns supreme and an established group of regulars had spent the previous several seasons falling in line behind.
Well, continue it did, and at the end of 2015/16 Graham had taken three more podiums, his first career victory, and second overall on the moguls World Cup standings by season's end, behind only the inimitable Kingsbury.
It's worth paying special attention to Graham's first career victory. It came at Deer Valley in front of a crowd of thousands at the "Super Bowl of Skiing," and it came a the expense of a certain Mr. Kingsbury, making Graham one of the few athletes in the past five years who has topped the Canadian in a competition where Kingsbury hasn't made a glaring mistake.
In 2016/17 Graham set about proving that the previous season was no fluke, beginning the winter with a second-place result in Ruka (FIN) and going on to record one victory, two third-place podiums, and top-10 results in all but two competitions through the rest of the campaign to finish the moguls season ranked third overall.
Still just 23 years old, Matt Graham seems primed to maintain a position at the top of the moguls world for years to come.
|1608615.01.2014||Moguls||Lake Placid||USA||World Cup||22||90.00|
|1608211.01.2014||Moguls||Deer Valley||USA||World Cup||8||320.00|
|1608009.01.2014||Moguls||Deer Valley||USA||World Cup||20||110.00|