The final two International Ski Federation Freestyle Skiing Moguls World Cup competitions of 2017 are set to take place in Chinese resort Thaiwoo over the coming days.
Men’s and women’s events are scheduled to be held both tomorrow and Friday (December 22).
Canada’s Mikaël Kingsbury and Australia’s Britteny Cox will be looking to build on their respective men’s and women’s victories at the season opener in Ruka in Finland earlier this month.
This is the second time the discipline's World Cup has visited Thaiwoo after moguls and dual moguls competitions on the custom-built course last season.
Slated to stage several medal events at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the resort has rapidly built a reputation as a world-class resort with top-level facilities.
France’s Perrine Laffont and Cox traded wins in the women’s competition at Thaiwoo last season.
Laffont took the single moguls win and second place in the duals, while Cox came out on top in the duals and finished third in the singles.
Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe was the runner-up in the singles and third-place finisher in the duals.
While reigning World Cup champion Cox already has one win under her belt this season, both Laffont and Dufour-Lapointe - second and third overall last season respectively - will be aiming to get their campaign's on track after disappointing results in Ruka.
Laffont finished in sixth place, while Dufour-Lapointe came seventh.
Canada’s Audrey Robichaud and Russia’s Marika Pertakhiya rounded out the podium in Ruka and will be striving to continue their strong starts to the season.
On the men’s side, Kingsbury won both contests at last season’s Thaiwoo event.
Australia also made a strong showing with Brodie Summers and Matt Graham completing the top three in the single moguls competition.
In the duals, meanwhile, young Swiss Marco Tadé claimed his second career podium with a runners-up finish.
American veteran Bradley Wilson followed him in the standings.
Other names to look out for in Thaiwoo are Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Reiherd and Pavel Kolmakov, who finished second and third respectively in Ruka.