Bahrke Wins, Bloom runner-up and Shanley third
Despite biting, sub-zero cold Saturday, the women on the U.S. Freestyle Team from the Tahoe Basin had another day in the sun with a monumental World Cup finish.
Olympic medalist and World Cup leader Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City won her second World Cup moguls contest of the season in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, while teammate Laurel Shanley of Olympic Valley notched the first podium of her career.
In the men’s event, defending World Cup champ Jeremy Bloom, from Loveland, Colo., earned his first podium of the season, finishing runner-up and putting himself in a position to earn a World Championships berth.
Travis Cabral of South Shore was 11th and Chris Hernandez of South Lake Tahoe was 19th.
Bahrke, who has won twice and been second twice in four World Cup meets this season, performed a heli and heli-X for 26.49 points.
“I skied as fast as I could. I skied really well,” Bahrke said of her run in the D23 C. [-1 F.] weather. “I had really tough training the first two days here and didn’t ski much over the break, so I was a little nervous … Then I came out today and skied really well.”
Russian Marina Cherkasova was second and Shanley took third with 25.36. Jillian Vogtli of Ellicotville, N.Y., was sixth and Shelly Robertson of Reno was 10th.
A short time later, local favorite Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, one of the more popular skiers in the tour, earned his first World Cup victory. Rousseau received 26.99 points to edge out Bloom, who had 26.67.
The finish is also sweet for Bloom, who is returning to skiing full time after competing through the fall for the University of Colorado football team. Bloom was fourth in his first event last month in Ruka, Finland.
“I’m just trying to push the limits, scare myself and go a little bigger each time,” Bloom said.
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