Bahrke earns silver in dual moguls
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy – Former Olympic medalist and World Cup champion Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City shook off the frustration of narrowly missing a medal 24 hours earlier and collected the silver medal Saturday night in dual moguls, the last event of the 2007 FIS Freestyle World ski Championships.
“I’m lucky,” Bahrke said. “I skied well and I had a good qualifying run, finishing second, so that gave me confidence going into finals. I used that confidence to ski the way I know I can ski.
“I’m really pleased with this medal.”
Olympic and World Cup moguls champion Dale Begg-Smith of Australia won the men’s duals gold medal with Guilbaut Colas of France in second place and Russian Ruslan Sharifulin taking the bronze. On the women’s side, it also was Olympic and World Cup moguls champ Jennifer Heil of Canada who won; she edged Bahrke for the gold with Austrian Margarita Marbler in third place.
All four U.S. women were in the top nine spots. After Bahrke ” the 2002 Olympic silver medalist, then bronze medalist in duals at the 2003 World Championships and ’03 World Cup champion ” Jillian Vogtli (Ellicotville, N.Y.) was sixth, Shelly Robertson (Reno) seventh and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, Mont.) ninth.
Sho Kashima of Zephyr Cove was seventh in the men’s contest.
Bahrke went up against Vogtli in the quarterfinals and although Vogtli had the faster time down the course, the judges gave Bahrke the victory, 18-17. In semis, she defeated Marbler to set up the clash with Heil, who was upset in moguls Friday night, finishing second (with Bahrke fourth).
“Last night I was excited,” Bahrke said, “and I made way too many mistakes” in the battle for the bronze medal. Tonight, I knew I could get a medal if I didn’t make those mistakes … and I didn’t make ’em. I thought I was ready for a medal last night but tonight I got my medal.”
The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships are scheduled to return to Killington Resort in central Vermont for a second straight season, running March 22-25.
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