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2010 Olympics: Scotty Bahrke struggles with landings in aerials qualifier

U.S. Ski Team and Sun Staff report

Mark J. Terrill/AP PhotoScotty Bahrke of Tahoe City performs in the men's freestyle skiing aerials qualifier at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics on Monday. Bahrke placed 23rd and did not advance to the finals.

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN, B.C. and#8212; Scotty Bahrke of Tahoe City struggled on the landings of his difficult jumps and finished 23rd in the men’s aerials qualifying round Monday night.

American teammate Ryan St. Onge qualified No. 2 overall behind China’s Zongyang Jia for Thursday’s final, while solid jumps from Jeret and#8220;Speedyand#8221; Peterson landed him fifth. The top 12 qualifiers advanced.

Bahrke’s return to Cypress Mountain came as a surprise after watching sister Shannon win the bronze in women’s moguls. Teammate Dylan Ferguson was forced to stay home after complications from a recent appendectomy, and Bahrke was first on the list to take his spot.

and#8220;I’d stopped working out a little bit because I didn’t think I was going to be here, but I got back into shape within a couple of days and everything felt great,and#8221; said Bahrke, a 2003 grad of North Tahoe High School.

Bahrke said last week that he felt confident and relaxed entering the Olympic competition, as he was already in Vancouver cheering on Shannon instead of nervously awaiting his event.

and#8220;I was extremely surprised. I came up (to Vancouver) with no hopes of jumping or anything,and#8221; he said last week. and#8220;I didn’t bring any of my stuff. I didn’t think there was any chance.and#8221;

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After hearing the news that he would compete in place of his teammate and good friend, Bahrke had his roommate, moguls skier Sho Kashima from South Lake Tahoe, pack his gear and send it to Vancouver with members of the U.S. Alpine team.

and#8220;If I am not able to compete, then I wouldn’t have anyone else besides my best friend Scotty compete in my place,and#8221; Ferguson said last week.