Robertson wins dual moguls; Bahrke makes appearance
PARK CITY, Utah ” Reno’s Shelly Robertson of the Squaw Valley Ski Club changed one of her jumps in the semifinal round of dual moguls Saturday night and skied off with the first victory of her career at the Visa Freestyle International.
“I was doing a 360 all night and I realized I was landing a little back seat, so I wanted to go a little bit bigger, so I did double-twister-spread up top,” Robertson said.
She struggled in the semifinal when she tried it for the first time, but eked into the final round as she edged Czech Nikola Sudova, 18-17, according to the judges. It was Robertson’s first podium in four years.
“Shelly’s been chipping away for a long time and this is awesome,” said U.S. Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles. “Her heli wasn’t working, so I suggested the double-twister-spread. She tried it first in the semifinal and had trouble with it, so I asked what she wanted to do, and she said, ‘I’m really going to execute it in the final’ … and she did.”
Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, Mass.) was sixth with Emiko Torito (Denver) 11th and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, Mont.) 12th. A chilled crowd of about 8,500 watched the event.
In the men’s competition, Canadian Vincent Marquis won while Sho Kashima of Zephyr Cove was 47th.
Olympic and World Championships multi-medalist Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City, who is recuperating from knee surgery, was on hand to watch the Visa Freestyle International.
Bahrke, 27, was injured during training for the first World Cup moguls event in Tignes, France, before Christmas. She tore ligaments in her left knee and began rehabbing at home.
“They rebuilt my ACL [anterior cruciate ligament], so now it’s just like my other knee and that’s been very helpful,” Bahrke said, referring to her right knee surgery during the 2005 season. “I’m really, really good. I know what to expect, know where to go and what to do so I can ski next season.”
Disappointed after the Olympic season, the 2003 World Cup moguls champion considered retirement but returned last year to have one of her best seasons. She won two more World Cup contests, added the silver medal from dual moguls at the 2007 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and finished by earning her fifth U.S. mogul title last March at Killington, Vt., at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships.