Shannon Bahrke

Narrator – Shannon, a three-time Olympian, grew up at Lake Tahoe playing a variety of sports but really excelled in skiing. At age 12 she was approached by the head coach of the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team, Ray DeVre, to possibly join the team. 

Image - Shannon BahrkeAt first she was skeptical but soon realized her true passion for skiing moguls. She made the U.S. Ski Team at age 18 and was first to qualify for the 2002 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team by winning the Gold Cup. She went on to bring home the first American medal of the Winter Games – a silver in moguls!

Shannon also made the Olympic team for the Torino games in 2006 but did not medal. Then at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she again medaled, this time winning bronze. Throughout her long ski career, Shannon remained mostly healthy, however, had to come back from three separate accidents, once breaking her jaw at a World Cup in Japan, and later blowing out each knee in 2005 and 2008.

She married long-time sweetheart, Matt Happe, on 10/10/10, a most fortuitous date. At that happy occasion, Shannon set out an extra chair in memory of her friend, mentor and coach, Clay Beck. Matt and Shannon own and operate a coffee roasting company, Silver Bean Coffee, which has two locations in Salt Lake City, and is the coffee of choice at Utah Olympic Park.

Since retiring from the U.S. Ski Team after the Vancouver Olympics, Shannon has continued to share her love of the sport as the ski ambassador at St. Regis Deer Valley, and through a variety of promotions and fundraisers for the U.S. Ski Team and also the Youth Winter Sports Alliance.