Barton-Bischoff Elected To Hall Of Fame

Rhoni Barton-BischoffThe USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation announced today that Rhoni Barton-Bischoff will be the 2018 inductee into the Water Ski Hall of Fame. Bischoff will be officially enshrined at the 36th annual Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 28, 2018, at Walt Disney World’s Grand Fantasia Ballroom at the prestigious Contemporary Resort. The remaining honorees making up the Water Ski Hall of Fame Class of 2018, including Award of Distinction and Lifetime Achievement, will be announced next month.

“No athlete wants their professional career to come to an end, but thankfully I have been blessed with an amazing life in the sport of water skiing,” Bischoff said. “Even though I am finished competing at the pro level, I still love the sport and it will always be a huge part of my life. I am extremely honored to be considered for the Hall of Fame and can’t wait to celebrate with all of my family and friends.”

Bischoff will enter the Hall of Fame as one of the most dominant and recognizable female water skiers in history. Bischoff’s impressive list of accomplishments include being a former women’s world overall record holder, 12-time U.S. Elite Water Ski Team member, multi-time world team champion, 20-time U.S. national champion, 6-time U.S. Open champion, 2-time Masters champion, and 4-time Moomba Masters champion. She held the No. 1 ranking in the world for the women’s overall for 11 years and was named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year three times. As a collegiate water skier, Bischoff was a trailblazer becoming the winningest collegiate water ski athlete of all time with 14 national titles.

Bischoff was just as well known for her work as a coach, official, volunteer and ambassador. Her coaching highlights include multiple junior U.S. national water ski championships medalists and U.S. National Junior Development Camps. Bischoff was the 2001 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team coach and won USA Water Ski’s Developmental Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and 2004. Bischoff has held numerous volunteer positions with AWSA, including serving on the board of directors, Athletes’ Advisory Council and National Junior Development Committee from 1996-2013.

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