Success runs in Bahrke family |

Success runs in Bahrke family

Photo by Mike RidewoodScott Bahrke of Tahoe City kisses his aerials Rookie of the Year award at the Freestyle FIS World Championships.
Mike Ridewood | FIS

While Scotty Bahrke may have spent much of his life looking up to his older sister Shannon, this year he put his own name firmly on the table of freestyle skiing.

After two Nor-Am Cup first-place finishes ” one at Utah Olympic Park, Utah, and the next at the Nor-Am title event at Snowbowl, Mont. ” the younger Bahrke was named Aerials Rookie of the Year.

While the 21-year-old has been competing with the U.S. Ski Team on some level for three years now, as well as having placed in the top-10 at the National Championships for the last two years, the young Tahoe City native has still managed to make strides this season.

In addition to earning Rookie of the Year honors, Bahrke was also selected to make the trip to his first World Cup Championship event, held this past weekend in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.

Bahrke placed 23rd in the event.

According to Bahrke’s coaches, much of his success comes from hard work.

No longer a North Tahoe resident, Bahrke now lives in Park City, Utah, which is closer to the world-class aerials training facility.

“He worked his tail off this summer,” said Brian Currutt, assistant head aerials coach for the U.S. Ski Team.

Bahrke trained with the U.S. Team all summer but wasn’t named to the team until December, said Currutt.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Bahrke said of being named to the national world championship team. “It’s fun to be out with the big guys.”

While no one, including Bahrke, feels any pressure from a successful older sister, or thinks that the younger Bahrke was ever in Shannon’s shadow, the siblings do seem to motivate each other.

“It’s definitely fun being at the same competitions,” Scotty said.

And according to his coach, when one sibling succeeds, the other doesn’t do too shabby, either.

“[Shannon] is having a great year,” Currutt said. “[Scotty’s] success lit a fire under her.”

Something must have, as the older Bahrke sibling earned a silver medal at last weekend’s World Championships in dual moguls and finished fourth in moguls the night before.

While both Bahrke siblings have their own area of expertise, they both still feed off of one another and ultimately support each other, said longtime coach and Alpine Meadows Freestyle Head Coach Clay Beck.

“Shannon is a mogul specialist and Scotty is an aerialist. They both support each other,” Beck said.

Currutt mimicked that sentiment.

“The Bahrke’s have a really tight family,” Currutt said. “They’ve been having a great time.”

As far as the younger Bahrke’s skiing goes, he just hopes to keep competing and improving.

“I’d like to jump well,” Scotty Bahrke said. “Maybe take top three at the National Championships.”

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