Jaquess Wins Slalom Gold At World Games
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 07/28/2013 19:34:42
- In: Water Skiing
U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the gold medal in women’s slalom on Sunday as the 9th World Games continued at the Los Andes Club in Cali, Colombia. The World Games, first held in 1981, is an international multi-sport event meant for sports that are not contested in the Olympics. The water ski program consists of three-event water skiing and wakeboarding.
Jaquess, the top seed for the finals, scored 2 buoys at 38 feet off to clinch the gold medal. Canada’s Whitney McClintock earned the silver medal with a score of 1 buoy at 38 feet off and France's Claire-Lise Welter earned the bronze medal with a score of 5 buoys at 35 feet off.
Jaquess also advanced to the finals of women's jumping, earning the No. 2 seed with a distance of 149 feet in Sunday's preliminary round. U.S. athlete Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.) advanced to the finals of men's jumping with a distance of 174 feet in the preliminary round on Sunday.
In other events Sunday:
U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) earned the silver medal in women's tricks, scoring 8,680 points. France's Clementine Lucine earned the gold medal with 8,840 points and Australia's Michale Briant earned the bronze meal with 8,280 points.
U.S. athlete Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) placed fifth in men’s tricks, scoring 8,640 points. Belarus' Aliaksei Zharnasek won the gold medal with 11,520 points, Italy's Nicholas Benatti earned the silver medal with 10,090 points and Canada's Jason McClintock earned the bronze medal with 9,760 points.
U.S. athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) placed sixth in men's slalom, scoring 6 buoys at 32 feet off. Italy's Thomas Degasperi won the gold medal, scoring 4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, New Zealand's Aaron Larkin earned the silver medal with 3 buoys at 38 feet off, and Sweden’s Johan Efverstrom earned the bronze medal, scoring 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.
On Saturday, U.S. athlete Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.) advanced to the semifinals of men's wakeboarding, scoring 71.66 points – the top score in his heat – in the quarterfinals.
The semifinals and finals of wakeboarding, and the finals of jumping will be held on Monday.
On Friday, Jaquess and Lang earned top seeds in respective events. Jaquess scored 3 buoys at 38 feet off in Friday’s preliminary round of women's slalom to earn one of six spots in Sunday's finals. Lang scored 9,160 points in the preliminary round of women's tricks to earn one of six spots in Sunday’s finals. In other events Friday, Smith advanced to the finals of men's slalom, scoring 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, while Pickos advanced to the finals of men's tricks, scoring 9,410 points.
The participating athletes – who compete solely for individual medals – were selected based on world overall rankings and availability.
The World Games, which is held every four years, is organized and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
For more information and complete results, visit www.theworldgames.org.