An aerial powerhouse, Scotty Bahrke followed in his sister’s footsteps and turned to freestyle skiing. After setting his sights on aerials, he became a force on the U.S. team and in the international field. His sights are now set on the 2014 games.
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Now the only Bahrke on the U.S. Ski Team, Scotty Bahrke has been advancing faster after deciding to zero in on aerials. His sister, mogul skier Shannon Bahrke, retired at the end of the 2010 season.
Up until the 2005 season, Bahrke was a triple threat – moguls, aerials and big air – but he qualified for the World Cup in aerials and went on to win the 2005 NorAm title, so his course became pretty clear. He continued his climb in the 2011 season with his first career World Cup podium, a third-place result in Calgary.
After seven seasons on the World Cup tour, Bahrke put his experience to work in 2012, pulling in his first World Cup win in Kreischberg, Austria in February. The win boosted Bahrke to a career-best 11th-place ranking in the World Cup standings.
Bahrke took it easy during the 2013 season in order to get back to the basics before the 2014 Olympic season.
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