Tahoe City native Scotty Bahrke of the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team was named to the 2014 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s aerials squad, which was announced in advance of the first World Cup of the season Dec. 15 in Beida Lake, China.
The team is led by Olympian Emily Cook and World Cup podium finisher Dylan Ferguson, while this season will mark the return of Olympian Ashley Caldwell after back-to-back knee injuries.
“The U.S. Aerials Team is jumping extremely well and we are in a position to have a lot of success this year,” said Todd Ossian, head U.S> aerials coach. “As a team, we’ll focus on the process more than the outcome, but it always feels awesome to head into the Olympics knowing that you are ready, that you’ve done everything you could possibly do to prepare and that you have a team that’s ready to produce podium results on the world stage.”
The World Cup tour moves to the United States on Jan. 9-11 for the Visa Freestyle International at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, followed by the USANA Freestyle World Cup in in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Jan. 15-18.
Lake Placid is the final domestic stop before the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic team will be named in late January.
Nate Holland injured
Six-time X Games snowboardcross champion Nate Holland, who rides out of Squaw Valley, underwent successful surgery with Dr. Tom Hackett of the Steadman Clinic Saturday in Vail for a fractured clavicle.
Holland sustained the injury during training for the weekend’s World Cup opener in Montafon, Austria. According to U.S. Snowboarding Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Holland could be back freeriding this month.
“I’m keeping a positive outlook on the whole situation,” Holland said. “Two years ago I broke my clavicle and was back on snow, racing within a few weeks. I know what I need to do to get back in the start gate for Olympic qualifiers, and I’m am meeting that challenge head-on.”
The Olympic Team will be selected in late January based primarily on World Cup results. Holland has been a member of both the 2006 and 2010 Olympic SBX Teams.
“Olympic years are pressure-cooker seasons and this is only a speed bump on my road to Sochi,” Holland said. “I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge, and look forward to once again overcoming adversity.”