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2010 Olympics: Sibling support strong among Bahrkes

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Sun File PhotoIn this file photo, Scotty Bahrke of Tahoe City kisses his Aerials Rookie of the Year award at the Freestyle FIS World Championships. No longer a rookie at age 24, Bahrke learned this week that he will replace Dylan Ferguson on the U.S. Olympic aerials team after Ferguson suffered complications from a recent appendectomy.

Scotty Bahrke did his best to help root sister Shannon on to a moguls bronze medal last Saturday. Now Shannon gets to return the favor.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced Wednesday that Scotty, a 2003 grad of North Tahoe High School, will replace teammate Dylan Ferguson on the U.S. Olympic aerials team after Ferguson suffered complications from a recent appendectomy. The men’s aerials qualifying round is set for Monday, with finals scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25.

and#8220;Oh my gosh, I would not miss this for the world,and#8221; said Shannon, her voice hoarse as she spoke by phone Thursday from Vancouver. and#8220;If I was in Japan, I would take a boat all the way across the ocean to get up there. I would not miss it. I will definitely be there. My voice is already gone, but I will completely let it go when my brother Scotty is competing.and#8221;

Scotty said he was completely caught off guard when Ferguson, a good friend, called him Tuesday to tell him he’d be taking his spot.

and#8220;I was extremely surprised. I came up (to Vancouver) with no hopes of jumping or anything,and#8221; he said, adding that he didn’t even realize Ferguson was in the hospital at the time. and#8220;I didn’t bring any of my stuff. I didn’t think there was any chance.and#8221;

After hearing the news, Scotty 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. He said he’ll be primed and ready to compete by Monday, despite the short notice.

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and#8220;Oh yeah, definitely. I haven’t had the pressure anyone has had all week with being nervous, because I had already accepted that I wasn’t going to compete,and#8221; said Scotty, 24. and#8220;I was just came up here to have a good time and root on my sister, so I haven’t had time to be nervous.and#8221;

The Tahoe City native and#8212; and son of Placer County Superior Court Judge Trilla Bahrke and#8212; said he also feels as confident as ever coming off a string of quality finishes, including a recent ninth at a World Cup event. In his career, he has six top-10 finishes, including a sixth on the Olympic hill a year ago. His best result came in the Moscow World Cup in 2008, when he took fifth.

and#8220;I’ve got two quadruple-twisting triples, and those are the tricks that won every World Cup this year,and#8221; Scotty said. and#8220;But I didn’t have the best competitive season until qualifications were over, so I feel like I’m just catching stride now, and hopefully everything falls into place.and#8221;

In a U.S. Ski Team interview from Park City, Utah, where both Ferguson and Scotty live and train, Ferguson said he was and#8220;obviously bummedand#8221; that he would not get a chance to compete at the 2010 Games, but also happy for his friend and teammate.

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. I know his jumps will be awesome and I am supporting him one million percent as well as the rest of the team,and#8221; Ferguson said.

Ferguson had appendicitis surgery on Feb. 3 and was expected to be cleared to travel with the team to Vancouver. A subsequent infection, however, prevented him from competing.

and#8220;My heart goes out to Dylan,and#8221; said Shannon, and#8220;because Dylan really did earn that spot. He jumped so amazing this year, so I’m really bummed for Dylan. But at the same time, Scotty has been given this opportunity, and I think that’s really, really cool. I’m very excited for him, and I know he will be jumping with a little piece of Dylan in his heart.and#8221;