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Smith Wins Canadian Open Slalom Title

U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), competing in his first professional tournament since winning the Nautique Masters in May, won the menís slalom title on Sunday at the 2018 Canadian Open at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Some of the worldís top water ski athletes competed in the tournament, which included professional menís and womenís slalom, and menís jumping.

Smith, who up until this past week had not taken a slalom set in more than a month due to injuries suffered while training, scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to win the menís slalom title. It was his second consecutive victory at the Canadian Open. Four athletes, including U.S. athlete Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.), tied behind Smith with a score of 2 buoys at 41 feet off.

Franceís Manon Costard won the womenís slalom title, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. U.S. athlete Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) placed third, scoring 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.) scored 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to finish fourth, and Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) scored 2 buoys at 38 feet off in finishing sixth.

Canadaís Ryan Dodd won the menís jumping title, soaring 227 feet in the finals. U.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed second and third, respectively, with distances of 219 feet and 212 feet.

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