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U.S. Wins World Team Gold Medal

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and four U.S. water ski athletes combined to win five individual gold medals in respective events at the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 8,248.66 points in winning the gold medal for the 26th time in the history of the biennial event. Canada scored 7,762.91 points to earn the silver medal and France earned the bronze medal with 7,759.43 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament. It is the first time since the 2007 Worlds that the United States has won the world team gold medal. Canada won the gold medal in 2009 and Belarus won the gold medal in 2011.

2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski TeamMembers of the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.). Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.), Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas) served as team manager, coach and physician, respectively. The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee selected the team following the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, Oct. 5-6, in Groveland, Fla.

U.S. athletes competing as independents included: Austin Abel (Hickory, N.C.), Cale Burdick (Brighton, Mich.), April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.), Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.), Nick Parsons (Bountiful, Utah), Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.), Corey Vaughn (Bumpass, Va.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.).

Lang (women's tricks), Jaquess (women's slalom and overall), Krueger (men's jumping) and Smith (men's slalom) each won gold medals. Lang, Jaquess and Smith each set world championship records – Lang, 9,780 points in the elimination round; Jaquess, 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the elimination round and finals; and Smith, 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the elimination round. It also is the first time since the 1987 Worlds (Bob LaPoint and Kim Laskoff) that U.S. athletes swept the men's and women's world slalom titles.

In women's slalom, Jaquess, the top seed for the finals after scoring 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the elimination round, won the gold medal with a score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the finals. It is her second career (2005) world slalom title. Canada's Whitney McClintock (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) earned the silver medal and France's Clementine Lucine (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) earned the bronze medal. Coble-Eller placed fourth with a score of ˝-buoy at 39-1/2 feet off.

In women's tricks, Lang, the top seed for the finals after scoring 9,780 points in the elimination round, won the gold medal, scoring 9,570 points. It is her first career world tricks title. France's Iris Cambray (9,560 points) earned the silver medal and France's Clementine Lucine (9,490 points) earned the bronze medal. Jaquess (8,490 points) and Lauretano (7,770 points) placed fifth and seventh, respectively.

In women's jumping, Australia's Jacinta Carroll won the gold medal with a distance of 184 feet. Finland's Jutta Lammi (178 feet) earned the silver medal and Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava (178 feet) earned the bronze medal. Jaquess (171 feet), Lauretano (170 feet) and Morgan (165 feet) placed fourth, fifth and ninth, respectively.

In women's overall, Jaquess won the gold medal for the third time (2003 and 2005) in her career, tallying 2,765.54 points after recording top scores of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in slalom, 8,490 points in tricks, and 171 feet (52.0 meters) in jumping. McClintock (2,684.37 points) earned the silver medal and Lucine (2,564.33 points) earned the bronze medal. Lauretano (2,354.18 points) and Lang (2,264.52 points) placed fourth and seventh, respectively.

In men's slalom, Smith, the top seed for the finals after scoring 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the elimination round, won the gold medal with a score of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. It is Smith's first career world slalom title, and he became the first U.S. athlete since Jeff Rodgers in 2003 to win the men's world slalom title. Great Britain's Will Asher (3 buoys at 41 feet off) earned the silver medal. Great Britain's Fred Winter earned the bronze medal, defeating Canada's Stephen Neveu in a runoff. After both athletes tied with scores of 3 buoys at 41 feet off, Winter won the runoff with a score of ˝-buoy at 41 feet off to Neveu's 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Travers (2 buoys at 41 feet off) and Burdick (2 buoys at 41 feet off) placed tied for fifth and seventh, respectively.

In men's tricks, Belarus' Aliaksei Zharnasek won the gold medal for the third consecutive time, scoring 11,520 points. France's Pierre Ballon (11,010 points) earned the silver medal and Belarus' Oleg Deviatovski (10,890 points) earned the bronze medal. Pickos (9,090 points) placed seventh and Gay (8,660 points) placed eighth.

In men's jumping, Krueger won the gold medal for the fourth consecutive time and fifth time (2003, 2007, 2009, 2011) in his career, soaring 226 feet/69.0 meters. Canada's Ryan Dodd (225 feet/68.5 meters) earned the silver medal and Germany's Bojan Schipner (220 feet/67.0 meters) earned the bronze medal. Worden (220 feet/67.0 meters) placed fourth and Ellis (193 feet/58.8 meters) placed 11th.

In men's overall, Chile's Felipe Miranda (2,872.13 points) won the gold medal, Argentina's Javier Julio (2,778.83 points) earned the silver medal and the Czech Republic's Martin Kolman (2,774.67 points) earned the bronze medal.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/13IWWF03/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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