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Hold the plane, Chris Hernandez and Travis Cabral are going to Japan

Matt O'Neill

Watch out Japan, here comes Tahoe.

With the late additions of South Shore skiers Travis Cabral and Chris Hernandez to the U.S. Freestyle contigent to the World Cup in Japan next weekend, the Tahoe Basin will have five skiers using their passports.

Travis Ramos and Jonny Moseley earned spots by finishing first and second at Sunday River, Maine on Sunday, while Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City was able to book her flight when she finished seventh. Hernandez was a disappointing 23rd, leaving him stateside to compete in the Nor-Ams and the professional circuit.

“An hour ago, I was thinking I was stuck here for two more weeks,” said Hernandez late Sunday afternoon. “But now I can’t really believe that I’m heading to Japan.”

Hernandez and Cabral were given discretionary spots on the U.S. team by the coaches, despite the low finish of Hernandez and Cabral not even skiing in Maine during the weekend.

But that’s fine with the both of them.

“They’re finally giving me a chance,” Hernandez said. “They said that they’ve seen how hard I’ve worked and that I deserved a spot.”

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