Bahrke 2nd in Apex Moguls
Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City finished second Saturday in a snowy World Cup moguls contest at Penticton, B.C., leading four U.S. women into finals.
Jay Bowman-Kirigin of Salt Lake City had the top U.S. men’s showing, finishing sixth in the last event before the Freestyle World Championships Team is selected.
Olympic and defending World Cup champion Jennifer Heil of Canada, who has clinched the 2007 title, won the women’s competition ” her fourth straight victory ” with 26.99 points and Bahrke had 26.78.
Shelly Robertson of Reno made it two Americans in the top five, finishing fifth (25.98).
Dale Begg-Smith of Australia, also the Olympic champion and reigning World Cup champ, clinched the men’s title as he narrowly won with 27.41, topping Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau by .08. Bowman-Kirigin landed his first off-axis, 1080 in World Cup competition and finished with 26.71 while moguls world champion Nate Roberts of Park City, Utah, was 12th.
Bahrke’s two jumps were a heli and a backflip with an iron cross. “Shannon skied great, got back on the horse after a couple of disappointing competitions … and Shelly was outstanding, too,” U.S. head coach Scott Rawles said.
Sho Kashima of Zephyr Cove was 22nd on the men’s side and Reno’s McKenzy Golding placed 19th in the women’s competition.
The World Cup schedule at Apex concludes Sunday with aerials. U.S. coaches and officials are expected to name the Worlds team in the coming week. The World Championships, postponed from mid-January at snowless Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, will be staged March 6-11.