Fresh off an Olympic bronze medal performance at the Vancouver Olymipcs, Tahoe city resident Shannon Bahrke found herself on the podium again yesterday in Japan during the World Cup dual moguls competition. As at the Olympics, she again came in third. The day was controlled by the unstable weather. Due to heavy fog and winds, the competition was delayed several times. Indeed, the men’s event was canceled entirely.
“It’s been crazy all week. We haven’t been able to see while we’re training. Today we got up there at 9:45 and weren’t able to ski until 2:30,” Bahrke said. “But I just put down the best podium I could and I got third. This course, I have always had so much respect for it because it is the hardest course on tour. I think I podiumed here once,” Bahrke said. “To be here for the last time in my career here in Japan and to have a podium is cool. I brought a little bit of that Olympic spirit here.”
The World Cup was won by Japan’s Aiko Uemura, who had the fastest run of the day. Canada’s silver medalist in the sport, Jennifer Heil, took second place while Bahrke went head-to-head with teammate Heather McPhie, who landed in fourth.
Coach Garth Hagar added his thoughts on the course: “This is the most challenging course due to the steepness and changing conditions,” Hagar said. “Shannon said she was happy to ski her first top to bottom for her contest run.”
2010 FIS Freestyle World Cup
Inawashiro, Japan – March 7, 2010
1. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 23.00
2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 22.73
3. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 22.20
4. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT, 21.45
5. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 20.84