World Cup aerials | Scotty Bahrke claims first career victory |

World Cup aerials | Scotty Bahrke claims first career victory

Sun Staff and U.S. Ski Team report
USSA PhotoScotty Bahrke of Tahoe City captured his first career World Cup victory in Kreischberg, Austria, on Friday.

KREISCHBERG, Austria and#8211; Tahoe City native and former Squaw Valley Freestyle Team member Scotty Bahrke won his first career FIS Freestyle aerials World Cup on Friday in Kreischberg, Austria.

Bahrke, the brother of former Olympic moguls skier Shannon Bahrke, landed a back full double full full (quad twisting triple flip) to become the first U.S. men’s aerialist to win a World Cup since Ryan St. Onge in February 2009 in Moscow, Russia.

and#8220;It was awesome,and#8221; said Bahrke, a North Tahoe High grad. and#8220;I landed myself in the top position going into Super Finals. I was able to watch what everyone else did and just ended up having a clean jump. and#8230; I did a full double full full, because it was the largest trick I had in my bag. I knew I needed to do that if I wanted to win.and#8221;

Bahrke qualified for the finals in ninth and the Super Finals in first. It was his second career World Cup podium.

and#8220;It’s amazing, I don’t know if it’s completely sunk in yet,and#8221; Bahrke said. and#8220;I couldn’t be more excited. It’s pretty epic to stand on the top, especially with teammate Dylan (Ferguson). He ended up third place. To have us both come out here and stand on the podium together was pretty amazing.and#8221;

Ferguson, who qualified for finals in sixth and the Super Finals in third, used the same trick as Bahrke in the Super Finals.

Laura Peel of Australia won the ladies’ event. No U.S. women competed.

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