U.S. Dominates At 35+ Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team won the overall team gold medal and 28 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 53 individual medals, including 19 gold medals, in respective events at the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 14,908.94 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. Great Britain earned the silver medal with 12,033.36 points and Germany earned the bronze medal with 11,125.96 points. Athletes and teams from 23 countries competed in the six-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess (center) won the gold medal in Elite women's slalom. Canada's Neilly Ross (left) earned the silver and U.S. athlete Brooke Baldwin earned the bronze.Six U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 – competing in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 12-18, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The U.S. Under 14 Team earned the silver medal. Athletes on the seven U.S. teams combined to earn 68 individual medals, including 30 gold medals.

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Jaquess, Krueger Win King of Darkness Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won Open Women and Open Men jumping titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 3rd annual King of Darkness, sponsored by MasterCraft, at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. Some of the world’s top water ski athletes will competed under the lights for cash prizes. Under 23 men’s and women’s jumping events also will took place, in addition to exhibitions in slalom and tricks, and adaptive water skiing.

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IWWF Approves Lang’s World Tricks Record

Erika Lang. Photography by Spencer SchulzThe International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council announced today that it has ratified U.S. athlete Erika Lang’s pending world tricks record of 10,850 points. Lang, of Gilbert, Ariz., set the record on Oct. 6 at the Sunset Lakes Fall Classic at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.

To view the hand pass video of Lang’s record performance, click here. To view the toe pass video, click here.

The previous record of 10,700 points was held by U.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.).

To view a list of all current world records, click here.