U.S. Wins Nine Medals At Pan Am Festival
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 07/20/2014 17:18:00
- In: Water Skiing
Five U.S. Team members combined to win a tournament-high nine medals in respective events at the inaugural Pan American Olympic Festival, July 17-20, in Morelos, Mexico. The U.S. Team finished with five gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal during the four-day competition.
The Pan American Olympic Festival was a first-year water ski and wakeboard event hosted by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). Events included men's and women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, as well as men's and women's wakeboarding.
Members of the U.S. team were: Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.), men's wakeboarding; Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.), women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Raimi Merritt (Orlando, Fla.), women's wakeboarding; and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), men's slalom. Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) served as the team leader.
Lang won gold medals in womenís tricks and overall, and earned the silver medal in womenís slalom; Haw won the gold medal in womenís slalom, and earned silver medals in womenís jumping and overall; Smith won the gold medal in menís slalom; Adkison won the gold medal in menís wakeboarding; and Merritt earned the bronze medal in womenís wakeboarding.
Lang won the gold medal in womenís overall, tallying 2,445.94 points after scoring 3 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, 9,300 points in tricks, and 121 feet in jumping. Haw earned the silver medal, tallying 2,276.61 points (3 buoys at 38 feet off/3,570 points/149 feet), and Canadaís Taryn Grant earned the bronze medal, scoring 2,117.20 points (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off/2,640 points/160 feet). In menís overall, Chileís Santiago Varas won the gold medal, scoring 2,371.02 points. Mexicoís Alejandro Lamadrid (2,196.19 points) and Andres Torres (2,195.45 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Lang won the gold medal in womenís tricks, scoring 9,300 points. Colombiaís Maria Camila Linares earned the silver medal, scoring 7,160 points, and Mexicoís Carolina Chapoy earned the bronze medal, scoring 4,730 points. In menís tricks, Canadaís Jason McClintock won the gold medal with 10,040 points, while Mexicoís Andres Torres (8,270 points) and Rodrigo Chapoy (6,500 points) earned the silver medal and bronze medal, respectively.
Smith won the gold medal in menís slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off. Mexicoís Alvaro Lamadrid earned the silver medal (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), and Canadaís Steven Neveu earned the bronze medal (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). Haw won the gold medal in womenís slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 38 feet off. Lang earned the silver medal (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and Canadaís Taryn Grant earned the bronze medal (1 buoy at 38 feet off).
Chile's Santiago Varas won the gold medal in men's jumping (188 feet).
Chile's Emile Ritter (175 feet) and Colombia's Santiago Correa (170
feet) earned the silver medal and bronze medal, respectively. Canada's
Taryn Grant won the women's jumping gold medal (153 feet). Haw earned
the silver medal (149 feet), and Mexico's Carolina Chapoy earned the
bronze medal (122 feet).
For complete water ski results, click here.†
Adkison won the gold medal in men's wakeboarding, scoring 84.67 points. Venezuela's Juan Vicente Mendez earned the silver medal (82.78 points) and Canada's Christian Primrose earned the bronze medal (80.22 points). Merritt earned the bronze medal in womenís wakeboarding, scoring 73.11 points. Mexico's Larisa Morales won the gold medal (80.67 points), and Canada's Erika Langman earned the silver medal (74.22 points).
For complete wakeboarding results, click here.