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U.S. Team Wins Gold At Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win seven individual medals in respective events at the 35th Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 5-10, at Choisy-le-Roi near Paris, France. The United States tallied 7,959.48 points in winning the gold medal for the 27th time in the history of the biennial event. France scored 7,610.76 points to earn the silver and defending champion Canada earned the bronze with 7,522.29 points. Athletes from 31 countries participated in the tournament.

Members of the 2017 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.).

Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) was the coach, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) served as team captain, and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) was the team physician. The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee selected the team earlier this summer based on a pre-determined selection criteria approved by the AWSA board of directors.

Jaquess led the way for the U.S. Team as she successfully defended her slalom and overall titles from the 2015 world championships, earned the silver medal in women’s jumping, and advanced to the finals in all three events (placing 10th in tricks); Pickos won the gold medal in men’s tricks; Krueger and Garcia earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in men’s jumping; and U.S. independent athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) earned the silver medal in women’s tricks.

Jaquess won her fifth career world overall gold medal after tallying 2,549.88 points after recording scores of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 6,970 points in tricks (preliminary round) and 169 feet in jumping (preliminary round). Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava earned the silver (2,499.54 points) and Australia’s Jacinta Carroll earned the bronze (2,424.64 points). Gay (2,251.81 points) and Baldwin (2,165.95 points) placed fifth and eighth, respectively.

Jaquess won her fourth career world slalom gold medal after winning a thrilling double runoff over Canada’s Whitney McClintock. Both skiers tied with scores of 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, and then again with scores of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the subsequent runoff. In the second runoff, Jaquess clinched the gold with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Canada’s Jaimee Bull earned the bronze (4 buoys at 38 feet off). U.S. independent athlete Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed sixth (2 buoys at 38 feet off).

Jaquess earned the silver medal in jumping with a distance of 167 feet. Carroll won her third consecutive and career world jumping gold medal with a distance of 181 feet. Berdnikava earned the bronze with a distance of 166 feet. U.S. independent Lauren Morgan (Seattle, Wash.) placed ninth (160 feet) and Baldwin finished 12th (154 feet).

Pickos won his second consecutive and career world tricks gold medal, tallying 11,570 points. Australia’s Josh Briant earned the silver (11,440 points) and Belarus’ Aliaksei Zharnasek (11,320 points).

Canada’s Neilly Ross won the gold medal in women’s tricks (10,220 points), her first career elite world title after earning the silver medal in 2015. Lang earned the silver (9,820 points) and Berdnikava earned the bronze (9,520 points). Gay (7,290 points) and Jaquess (6,940 points) placed eighth and 10th, respectively.

Great Britain’s Frederick Winter won the gold medal in men’s slalom, his first career elite world title, scoring 2 buoys at 41 feet off. Great Britain’s Will Asher (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) earned the silver and Canada’s Jason McClintock (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) earned the bronze. U.S. independent athlete Corey Vaughn (Bumpass, Va.) placed seventh (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Smith, the two-time defending world champion, placed 12th (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off).

Chile’s Felipe Miranda won his second career world overall gold medal, tallying 2,751.18 points. France’s Thibaut Dailland earned the silver (2,651.50 points) and Briant earned the bronze (2,639.27 points).

Canada’s Ryan Dodd soared 224 feet to win his second consecutive and career world jumping gold medal. Krueger earned the silver medal (216 feet) and Garcia earned the bronze (206 feet). U.S. independent athletes Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.) and Zack Worden (Orlando, Fla.) placed seventh (204 feet) and ninth (198 feet), respectively.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-17IWWF03&page=TimeTable.

The world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200 was the exclusive towboat of the 35th Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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