Bahrke wins, Shanley gets first podium
Two locals made good on their moguls podium bids. Olympic medalist and World Cup leader Shannon Bahrke braved biting, sub-zero cold Saturday to win her second moguls contest of the season while teammate Laurel Shanley from Olympic Valley notched the first podium of her career on Saturday in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Bahrke, who has won twice and been second twice in four meets this season, performed a heli and heli-X for 26.49 points.
Russian Marina Cherkasova was second and Shanley took third with 25.36, only a hundredth of a second behind. Shelly Robertson of Reno also broke into the top 10.
In the fifth moguls event of the schedule, Bahrke retained her yellow bib designating the World Cup leader.
“I skied as fast as I could. I skied really well,” Bahrke said of her run in the -1 degree weather. “That run was definitely in my better-to-good range. I definitely skied well. I think I went a little smaller on my bottom air but I think it’s an altogether good package.”
Her top heli, a 360-degree rotation, jump-started things.
“That one was giving me a lot of trouble this week,” she said. “Then my bottom air I just checked it a little too much, but I still got the exit; I landed it and skied away clean.
“It has really (been) tough training the first two days here and I didn’t ski much over the break, so I was a little nervous. I worked on it a lot at night, doing it in my head over and over again, and getting it just perfect. Then I came out today and skied really well. I like to do my runs over in my head.”
Shanley completed a twister spread and double-twister spread.
“I wasn’t too nervous here,” she said. “I knew I could just nail the run if I just stuck with my plan to stick it and go for it. I was pretty early [in the running order] out of the gate my first run, so I knew I had to go for it and that’s what I did.”
The course gave her confidence, she said. “When I started skiing the first run, it just felt right for me. I don’t know what it was but it just felt awesome.”
South Lake Tahoe’s Travis Cabral and Chris Hernandez were 11th and 19th respectively in the field of 45 men. Cabral is fifth in World Cup points with 312.