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2010 Olympics: Tahoe City’s Scotty Bahrke named to aerials team

U.S. Ski Team and Sun Staff report

VANCOUVER, B.C. and#8212; Scotty Bahrke from Tahoe City will replace Dylan Ferguson on the U.S. Olympic aerials team after Ferguson suffered complications from a recent appendectomy, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced Wednesday.

Bahrke is the brother of Shannon, who won bronze in Saturday’s women’s moguls.

and#8220;This is a great disappointment for Dylan, who had some of the team’s strongest results in the selection process,and#8221; said USSA Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. and#8220;At the same time, we’re happy to have an athlete of Scotty Bahrke’s caliber to replace him.and#8221;

Bahrke, 24, has six top-10 finishes, including a sixth on the Olympic hill a year ago. His best result came in the huge Moscow World Cup in 2008, where he was fifth.

and#8220;I am obviously bummed that I will not be able to compete and have my Olympic dream come true,and#8221; said Ferguson from Park City, Utah. and#8220;But 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 had appendicitis surgery on Feb. 3 and was expected to be cleared to travel with the team to Vancouver. But a subsequent infection prevented him from competing.

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Bahrke was approved by the IOC as a replacement for Ferguson on Wednesday. He is already in Vancouver and is expected to begin training on Wednesday or Thursday.

The men’s aerials qualifying round is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22, with finals scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25.