Scotty Bahrke came out ready to win in Kreischberg, Austria Friday afternoon earning him his first ever FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup. This is his first time on the podium this season and the second time in his World Cup career.
It was an intense competition, and this Squaw Valley skier qualified for the finals in just ninth place but pulled himself to the top going into Super Finals.
“It was awesome. I landed myself in the top position going into Super Finals. I was able to watch what everyone else did and just ended up having a clean jump,” he said.
The jump that secured him the win was a back full double full full, a quad twisting triple flip. It’s hard to even say the name of the challenging trick, so you can imagine the skill it takes to complete it successfully.
He is the first U.S. men’s aerialist to win a World Cup since Ryan St. Onge in February 2009 in Moscow, Russia.
“It’s amazing, I don’t know if it’s completely sunk in yet. I couldn’t be more excited. It’s pretty epic to stand on the top, especially with teammate Dylan. He ended up third place. To have us both come out here and stand on the podium together was pretty amazing,” Bahrke said.
Teammate Dylan Ferguson landed on the podium for the second time at the World Cup finishing in third, using the same trick as Bahrke in the Super Finals. Americans have not had a double podium since Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and Joe Pack in 2005.
Australian Laura Peel took first in the women’s competition. No U.S. women competed in Austria.
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FIS Freestyle World Cup aerials will be in to Minsk Belarus February 25th.