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.
Just 22 years old at the start of the 2016/17 season, Matt Graham is entering the prime of his career, and will be one of the biggest threats on the World Cup tour and at the Sierra Nevada 2017 Freestyle World Ski Championships this March.
|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|