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U.S. Team Places Fourth At Junior Worlds

Brooke Baldwin won the Junior Worlds girls' overall title for the second consecutive time.The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team placed fourth and U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won individual gold medals in respective events at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Canada won the gold medal with 7,616.36 points, France earned the silver medal with 7,472.47 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 7,406.40 points. Athletes and teams from 21 countries competed in the four-day tournament as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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In Memoriam: James Salmas, 1925-2017

James Salmas, a longtime USA Water Ski member and tournament competitor and a 2008 USA Water Ski Foundation Award of Distinction recipient, passed away on Jan. 3. He was 91 years old.

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SMRR To Host 2017 GOODE Nationals

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors approved the bid from the San Marcos River Ranch to host the 2017 Nationals. The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It previously hosted the 2014 GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

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Nautique Releases 2017 Big Dawg Schedule

Nautique, a premier sponsor of USA Water Ski, is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien. Going into its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200. For the 2017 season, the tour will include four qualifying stops around the globe at premier water ski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.

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AWSA Approves Four-Round Tournaments

The American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee and the AWSA board of directors approved four-round tournaments at its summer meeting.

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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2017

Four competition towboats from four manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2017. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski. Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2017 are: Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar and Ski Nautique 200. Members of AWSA’s Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s evaluations for AWSA, which were held Oct. 24-25 at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla.

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U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

Four U.S water ski teams – Under 13, Under 21, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Elite Team earned the silver medal and the Under 17 Team earned the bronze medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 55 individual medals, including 19 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 43,723 points. Canada was runner-up with 39,390 points, and Mexico was third with 25,535 points.

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