Bahrke flies to career best in aerials
MOSCOW, Russia – Tahoe City native Scotty Bahrke posted a career-best, fifth-place finish in front of more than 30,000 spectators, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an FIS Freestyle World Cup aerials event in downtown Moscow on Saturday.
Bahrke, who now skis out of Park City, Utah, earned 217.71 points flying off a towering scaffold under challenging weather conditions. Canadian Steve Omischl took the top spot with a score of 240.32. He was followed by Stanislav Kravchuk of Ukraine (236.45), Nicolas Thepaut of France (226.26) and Vladimir Lebedev of Russia (219.33).
Bahrke used a full-double full-full (three flips with four twists) to get into the finals, and nailed a full-full-full (three flips with three twists) to take fifth.
“Man it was crazy here. It was awesome!” Bahrke said. “We have a giant building right next to us and the crowd was phenomenal.
“The wind was crazy. Currdog [coach Brian Currutt] had to push me from the top and then I used ski poles to keep up my speed. And we needed two coaches to slingshot Dylan [Ferguson] down the inrun.”
Bahrke got some extra motivation from the crowd. “It was the coolest thing ever, just looking down and all you can see is lights and heads,” he said. “It was definitely the coolest day of jumping I ever had.”
On the women’s side, American Emily Cook picked up the first World Cup win of her career Saturday night.
1. Steve Omischl, Canada, 240.32
2. Stanislav Kravchuk, Ukraine, 236.45
3. Nicolas Thepaut, France, 226.26
4. Vladimir Lebedev, Russia, 219.33
5. Scotty Bahrke, Park City, Utah, 217.71
1. Emily Cook, Belmont, Mass., 160.41
2. Deidra Dionne, Canada, 159.28
3. Xin Zhang, China, 156.51
4. Alla Tsuper, Belarus, 154.88