Meet Shannon Bahrke, U.S Olympic Freestyle Moguls Skier who will represent us in the 2010 Winter Olympic at Vancouver. Would you like to know more details about Shannon? Then keep reading to know them all plus check out the photos and video below.
This impressive U.S Olympic Freestyle Moguls Skier was born on November 7, 1980 in Reno, Nevada, but raised in Lake Tahoe. Her brother Scott is part of the U.S Freestyle Team. Her paternal Grandparents were originally from Norway, that is where her last name comes from.
Shannon’s parents Trilla and Dick Bahrke had to drag young Shannon so she could take her skiing lessons at the Squad Valley in Lake Tahoe. At Squad Valley she received ballet, aerial and moguls lessons. Shannon also practiced all kinds of sports at high school from softball, soccer and track to water skiing. Wwhen she graduated from high school, she went to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In 1998 she joined the U.S Freestyle Ski Team.
Also in 1998 she traveled to Quebec to participate in her first World Cup, the next year in Japan is where she won the Silver medal, again in 2000 and the Bronze in 2001. 2002 was a great year for Shannon, she won the Gold in Germany, Bronze and two Silvers in France, Gold in Japan, Gold and Silver in Italy and Bronze in Finland. In 2003 she won the Gold in Canada and Norway, Silver in Colorado, Japan and Italy. And in NY she won Silver the next year. A broken jaw in Japan and an injury kept her out of the snow in mostly all of 2005 and part of 2006.
After her recovery she was excited to be back at the 2006 Olympics Games in Torino, she finished in 10th place, but won the Silver the next year in Italy. Sadly she hurt her knee again, but she used her free time to open a coffee house along with her fiancée Matt Happe (they plan to get married soon) the first Silver Bean coffee was in Salt Lake City. In 2008 Shannon was shaken by the sudden death of her long time coach Clay Beck (died in a plane accident). In 2009 she was ready for the Olympics, that’s how she won third place at the U.S National freestyle championship and in the Winter Olympics Trials she landed 6th in moguls and 11th in dual moguls, earning her spot in the 2010 Winter Olympics. How do you think our U.S Olympic freestyle Moguls Skier Shannon Bahrke will do this year?
Take a look at some Photos here plus the video below.
Shannon Bahrke Video
Photos: Wikipedia.org/Nordelch, WENN, www.WENN.com.