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U.S. Wins Show Ski World Championships

The USA Water Ski Show Team won the team title at the 4th Show Ski World Championships, Sept. 8-9, on Peninsula Lake at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. The tournament featured all-star show ski teams from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China and Germany.

The USA Water Ski Show Team scored a grand total 1,735.02 points in winning its fourth consecutive world team title. Australia finished runner-up with 1,623.16 points, followed by Canada (1,424.48 points), China (1,343.66 points), Belgium (1,258.12 points) and Germany (1,183.86 points). To view the webcast archives, click here.

Each team performed two shows over the two days, with the highest-scoring performance determining the champion. The USA Water Ski Show Team’s winning score came from Saturday’s show. The final scores from Australia, China, Belgium and Germany came from Sunday, and Canada’s final score came from Saturday’s show.

In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show. The team rosters in the Show Ski World Championships were limited to 35 total members, including skiers, boat drivers, announcers and show directors.

Jeremy Armstrong (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Gerry Luiting (Janesville, Wis.) were the co-show directors for the 2018 USA Water Ski Show Team.

Members of the 2018 USA Water Ski Show Team were: David Anderson (Davenport, Iowa), Garrett Bouley (Bradenton, Fla.), Cody Coffey (Medinah, Ill.), Kaila Coffey (Medinah, Ill.), Grace Gurda (Northbrook, Ill.), Madi Hagemann (Janesville, Wis.), Sean Hyatt (Milbank, S.D.), Tyler Hyatt (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Breanna Imse (Madison, Wis.), Dan Jaworski (Monona, Wis.), Anne Judd (Lake Elmo, Minn.), Kailey Koehler (Lake Geneva, Wis.), Kendall Krieger (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Noah Leach (Aberdeen, S.D.), Arik Lebda (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Darian LeBlanc (Palm Harbor, Fla.), Aragorn Luiting (Edgerton, Wis.), Cathy Luiting (Edgerton, Wis.), Jac Lyman (Winter Haven, Fla.), Nick Lyman (Winter Haven, Fla.), Bailey Nadeau (Naples, Fla.), Shauna Pasanen (Winter Haven, Fla.), Grace Petzold (Mequon, Wis.), Craig Planton (Waterford, Wis.), Michele Pliml (Milwaukee, Wis.), David Rezin (Janesville, Wis.), Caleb Ross (Sarasota, Fla.), Joe Sawaska (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.), Adam Schaller (Mount Horeb, Wis.), Ethan Shulda (Twin Lakes, Wis.), Gabby Taschwer (McFarland, Wis.), Austin Walstad (Zumbrota, Minn.), Eric Wedige (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Angela Yauchler (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Rachael Zenk (Minneapolis, Minn.).Dan Wang (Verona, Wis.), manager, and Lori Taschwer (McFarland, Wis.), financials, also were part of the management team.

Australia’s Pete O’Neill was selected Best Male Performer of the tournament, as voted on by the tournament judges, and China’s Xu Lu was selected Best Female Performer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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