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World Cup moguls: Shannon Bahrke 3rd in Japan duals

U.S. Ski Team report

INAWASHIRO, Japan and#8212; Olympic bronze medalist Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City took to the podium again Sunday, notching a third place in Japan during a World Cup dual moguls competition riddled with heavy fog and delays.

The menand#8217;s event was canceled.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s been crazy all week,and#8221; Bahrke said. and#8220;We havenand#8217;t been able to see while weand#8217;re training. Today we got up there at 9:45 and werenand#8217;t able to ski until 2:30. But I just put down the best podium I could and I got third.and#8221;

Laurel Shanley of the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team finished 14th.

For Bahrke, who plans to retire following this season, to be able to succeed on such a challenging course on her last competition in Japan was a reward.

and#8220;This course, I have always had so much respect for it because it is the hardest course on tour. I think I podiumed here once,and#8221; Bahrke said. and#8220;To be here for the last time in my career here in Japan and to have a podium is cool. I brought a little bit of that Olympic spirit here.and#8221;

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Bahrke was third on the course in Japan during a moguls competition in 2001.

The World Cup was won by Japanand#8217;s Aiko Uemura, who had the fastest run of the day. Canadaand#8217;s silver medalist in the sport, Jennifer Heil, took second place while Bahrke went head-to-head with teammate Heather McPhie, who landed in fourth.

According to U.S. Moguls Coach Garth Hagar, Bahrke and McPhie were forced to sit in the start gate for over an hour, awaiting the fog to clear the course. Given the warmer temperature, fog and the technicality of the course itself, Hagar said it was an accomplishment for Bahrke to ace hr run and#8212; her first completion of the course since landing in Japan.

and#8220;This is the most challenging course due to the steepness and changing conditions,and#8221; Hagar said. and#8220;Shannon said she was happy to ski her first top to bottom for her contest run.and#8221;

Other U.S. women skied notably well with Eliza Outtrim landing 11th and Shanley recording a 14th-place finish.

The menand#8217;s competition was looking strong for the U.S. with Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson sitting in second when, with only 15 skiers left to complete the competition, officials were forced to cancel the competition due to foggy conditions.

and#8220;Bryon Wilson had his best run of the week landing him in second,and#8221; Hagar said. and#8220;Itand#8217;s too bad we couldnand#8217;t get a 20 minute window to finish. It is a long way to travel not for it to count.and#8221;

The men, along with the women, will have another shot at competing on the World Cup when freestyle moguls heads to Are, Sweden, on March 12. The series wraps up the following weekend in Spain.

and#8220;The athletes looking forward to Sweden and some wintery conditions,and#8221; Hagar said.

2010 FIS Freestyle World Cup

Inawashiro, Japan – March 7, 2010

Dual Moguls

Women

1. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 23.00

2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 22.73

3. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 22.20

4. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT, 21.45

5. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 20.84

11. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 18.33

14. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA, 17.00