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Bahrke wins Squaw Valley Moguls
SQUAW VALLEY, CA - Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) put on a show for her hometown crowd Sunday as she wrapped up the 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championship with a win in dual moguls.
photo Mike Kimell
"It was amazing. It's been such a long season and I just had no energy and to be able to pull that off and run after run ski really well was great," Bahrke said. "I skied this for my coach that passed away last year in a plane accident - Clay Beck. It was great to have his family here and I felt him with me the whole time. It was cool to do it for him and win the competition at home for him."
According to Bahrke, who marked her sixth U.S. title at Squaw, the level of competition at U.S. Championships made winning a battle to the end.
"I skied probably the four hardest duals I have skied all year. Every dual was very hard and they were all really close," Bahrke said. "It was great to have such a good field out here and have all the women ski well."
Following Bahrke was Emiko Torito (Denver) who said she enjoyed skiing against her best friend.
"I feel seriously competitive with her, but she's probably my best friend on the team. It's cool to be up against your friend, it's fierce," Torito said. "It was really good dual and it was a great day of competing. Squaw has been unreal. They know how to host an event."
Rounding out the podium was Michelle Roark (Denver) who, after winning the moguls title on Friday, was happy with having a successful weekend in Squaw.
"I had some super consistent and good runs," Roark said. "There was a little bit of a bobble in my run against Shannon, which put me into the small final. I felt good about how I skied and I'm happy with it."
2009 SPRINT U.S. FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Squaw Valley, CA - March 29, 2009
1. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA
2. Emiko Torito, Denver
3. Michelle Roark, Denver
4. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO
5. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT
6. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV
7. KC Oakley, Piedmont, CA
8. Lane Stoltzner, Telluride, CO
9. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA
10. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY
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