|Posted by jibcrib on April 3, 2009 at 4:40 PM|
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 29) - Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) and Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) put on a show for their hometown crowd Sunday as they wrapped up the 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships with wins in dual moguls.
"It was amazing. It's been such a long season and I just had no energy and to be able to pull that off and run after run ski really well was great," Bahrke said. "I skied this for my coach that passed away last year in a plane accident - Clay Beck. It was great to have his family here and I felt him with me the whole time. It was cool to do it for him and win the competition at home for him."
According to Bahrke, who marked her sixth U.S. title at Squaw, the level of competition at U.S. Championships made winning a battle to the end.
"I skied probably the four hardest duals I have skied all year. Every dual was very hard and they were all really close," Bahrke said. "It was great to have such a good field out here and have all the women ski well."
Following Bahrke was Emiko Torito (Denver) who said she enjoyed skiing against her best friend.
"I feel seriously competitive with her, but she's probably my best friend on the team. It's cool to be up against your friend, it's fierce," Torito said. "It was really good dual and it was a great day of competing. Squaw has been unreal. They know how to host an event."
Rounding out the podium was Michelle Roark (Denver) who, after winning the moguls title on Friday, was happy with having a successful weekend in Squaw.
"I had some super consistent and good runs," Roark said. "There was a little bit of a bobble in my run against Shannon, which put me into the small final. I felt good about how I skied and I'm happy with it."
In the men's competition Kashima, who last won a dual moguls title in 2007, said winning with his family and friends in the crowd was a great way to finish out the season.
"It was fun to ski well in front of my family and friends. It feels great. It's the last competition for us and it's good to end things off with a win and finish the season strong," Kashima said.
Joined by two of his teammates on the podium, Kashima was also impressed with the way the U.S. men competed, saying, "It was a good day for the U.S. men. They really let the dogs out."
Landon Gardner (Missoula, MT) finished second for his first time competing at Squaw Valley.
"I skied five runs today and was happy with most of them. Overall I skied great and it felt really good to finish the season strong," Gardner said. "Squaw valley was awesome. I have never been to an event here and everything was awesome."
Filling out the men's podium was Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT).
"I came into this gunning for it and just had a good weekend, so I am happy," Wilson said. "Skiing was awesome today. It was just an awesome weekend."
2009 SPRINT U.S. FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Squaw Valley, CA - March 29, 2009
1. Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, CA
2. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT
3. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT
4. Jeremy Cota, Steamboat Springs, CO
5. Michael Morse, Duxbury, MA
6. Dave DiGravio, Farmington, ME
7. Reed Snyderman, Winchester, MA
9. Wade Parkinson, Ridgway, CO
10. Michael Degrandis, Solon, OH
1. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA
2. Emiko Torito, Denver
3. Michelle Roark, Denver
4. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO
5. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT
6. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV
7. KC Oakley, Piedmont, CA
8. Lane Stoltzner, Telluride, CO
9. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA
10. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY
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For complete results click here.