Bahrke is back, training at the beach |

Bahrke is back, training at the beach

What might seem like another day in the sun to some is actually an intense week of training for the moguls skiers of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, including Olympian Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City.

The team started its off-season strength and conditioning program on the beaches near the Olympic Training Center outside San Diego.

“We just wanted to get everyone out of the mountain environment and put them in a different situation than what they’re usually in,” said Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles.

Bahrke and fellow Olympians Hannah Kearney and Michelle Roark, along with World Cup performers Emiko Torito and Dave DiGravio, welcomed the new challenge.

Rawles said the athletes have been ocean training, which includes sprinting on the beach, running in the ocean, running with surfboards (or other people attached to one’s body piggy-back style) and surfing.

After missing the 2008 season with a knee injury, Olympic silver medalist Bahrke was back and gearing up for the 2009 competition season with her teammates.

“I missed the team,” Bahrke said. “They’re such a great group and I feel like they have such great energy and it’s really great to be back with everyone.

“It’s nice to have a team behind me and everyone working together.”

Bahrke, who has spent a majority of her time rehabbing in the gym, was thankful for the change of pace on the beach.

“It was hard, but after spending so much time in the gym, it was really nice to get out there and be in the elements again,” she said. “We all pulled together and had a really good time.”

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