Colorado Teen Elizabeth Lemley Captures First World Cup Win In Dual Moguls
by Karen Price
Elizabeth Lemley competes during the women's mogul finals at the 2022 FIS World Cup on Jan. 13, 2022 in Park City, Utah.
The U.S. freestyle ski team started the season excited about the possibilities for its rising talent in moguls, and those athletes haven’t disappointed.
Elizabeth Lemley, a moguls skier from Vail, Colorado, who made her world cup debut last January at age 15, got her first win Sunday in the women’s dual moguls in Idre Fjall, Sweden. Her victory came just one day after Nick Page earned his first world cup win in men’s moguls. Both are FIS Rookies of the Year, with Page being given the honor in 2021 and Lemley earning it last season.
“It feels awesome,” Lemley said of her first win. “Early morning, but it feels great to get out here and get the legs moving. I was just so stoked.”
Page, a 2022 Olympian, finished third Sunday in the men’s dual moguls.
In addition to capturing her first win, Lemley also had her first world cup podium finish. Her previous best finish was fourth in her world cup debut Jan. 7, 2022, in Tremblant, Canada.
Lemley bested Japan’s Anri Kawamura in the final with a score of 25 to Kawamura’s 10. Coming in third was 2018 Olympic gold medalist Perrine Laffont of France, who beat Australia’s Jakara Anthony in the small final.
The men’s small final was a showdown between Page and another rising star on the U.S. team, Cole McDonald. Page prevailed with a score of 21, besting McDonald’s 14.
“It’s nice that the U.S. is coming up, especially the boys, and thanks to our coaches out there,” Lemley said. “I really appreciate it.”
Dual moguls will make its Olympic debut at the Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026. The event pits two skiers head-to-head against one another instead of making solo runs as they do in the moguls discipline.