SANTIAGO, Chile – Chantal Singer of Toronto needed four tie-breakers to beat the world junior champion in women’s slalom on Wednesday at the Pan American water skiing championships.
The junior women’s slalom event turned into a battle between the 15-year-old Singer and Lauren Morgan of the U.S. In the final both skiers tied at one buoy at 12 metres and repeated the same score in the first three tie breakers. In the fourth, the American went up first and was unable to clear a buoy at the same length.
Alright all of you ski nerds, you can quit refreshing your browser windows. The second part of the T$ interview has arrived and it’s coming in hot! RadaR rock star, Trent Finlayson (been under a rock the past week? Read this) gave me the inside scoop on the ski that’s raising more questions than Brett Favre’s retirement. No more flirting around with inquiries about celebrity crushes or favorite food, this Q&A gets down to what you really want to know….”How much is this going to cost me?” Which you would think at only $700 would be the grand finale of the interview, but no. The Vice has a lot more going for it than an affordable price tag and pretty packaging.
The 2010 Pan American Water Ski Championships will be held Monday through Sunday in San Bernardo, Chile. Six U.S. teams – Elite, 17 to 20, Junior, Under 13, Veteran 1 and Veteran 2 – are competing in the biennial event.
Members of the U.S. Elite Team are: Rhoni Barton-Bischoff (Orlando, Fla.), Danyelle Bennett (Zachary, La.), Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.).
Members of the U.S. Under 21 Team are: Storm Selsor (Fremont, Calif.), Keri McClure (Van Wert, Ohio), Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.) and Brittany Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.).
Los hermanos Tiare, Felipe y Rodrigo Miranda y la medallista Odesur Nicole Naser, encabezan el equipo chileno que actuará a partir del próximo lunes en el Campeonato Panamericano de Esquí Náutico, Santiago 2010.
Un total de 24 esquiadores nominó el entrenador nacional Tanguy Benet para la cita continental, que pondrá en disputa las medallas de slalom, figuras, salto y overall en las categorías infantil, juvenil, sub21, senior A y B y Open.
En la serie Open, la más competitiva del certamen, Chile pondrá sobre la superficie del lago Los Morros de San Bernardo a su mejor contingente, luego que se confirmara la presencia del ex campeón mundial juvenil y sub21, Felipe Miranda, quien estuvo en duda hasta último minuto.
Male Athlete of the Year: Storm Selsor of ASU
Storm has had an amazing year on the water. His year started by earning top honors at the 2010 All Stars in Elk Grove, CA at Shortline Lake in Slalom, Jump and Overall. This past fall he put out a record setting jump at the WCWSA fall opener in Arvin, CA at Ironwood Lake scoring 185’ after out jumping the 2nd grid. He went on to medal in each event at Nationals, and went home with the Individual Overall Championship. This year he has also stepped up as a leader for his team, and shows off his team spirit at every tournament he attends.
Female Athlete of the Year: Alex Lauretano of ULM
After transferring to ULM, Alex has had an incredible year of athletic dominance. During the fall season she unofficially broke the NCWSA women’s trick record with a run of 4930 pts., followed by an approved jump record of 155’. At Nationals, she helped ULM to a 2nd place finish with a 150’ jump after a horrific crash to win the event, followed by a brave 4th place toe trick run the following day in a splint.
OTTAWA - Whitney McClintock is on top of the world, and now the Canadian water ski season has another award to add to her resume.
The 21-year-old from Cambridge, Ont., who is the reigning world champion, was named Wednesday as Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada's female athlete of the year. Ryan Dodd of Olds, Alta., picked up the top male award.
“This season was about building and preparing for the next world championships (in 2011),” said McClintock. “I feel like the summer was very successful in that I set a Canadian record in tricks and was consistent in slalom.”
McClintock dominated the national championships with gold medals in all four disciplines (jump, slalom, tricks and overall).
Dodd, meanwhile, captured medals in all seven of his international events, including golds at the Malibu Open and the Cray Valley Pro Stop.
“I was really happy with my season,” said Dodd. “I really couldn't ask for anymore. I was a lot smarter with my training this season. I tried to be less intense and aggressive in practice and it paid off. I was a lot stronger for the big competitions at the end of the summer.”
In other awards announced Wednesday, brothers Olivier and Raphael Derome of Coteau-du-Lac, Que., were named the male and junior wakeboard athletes of the year, while Winnipeg's Taryn Grant was the junior water ski athlete of the year, with Erika Langman of Orangeville, Ont., picking up the women's wakeboard athlete of the year honour.
Other winners include Becky Moynes of Belleville, Ont. (top barefoot skier); Calgary's Caitlyn Rowland of Calgary (junior barefoot skier of the year), Regina's Ryan Riehl (adaptive skier of the year); Sarah Moore of Edmonton (coach of the year); Edmonton's Jo-Anne Moore (official of the year); the Spence Family from Aurora, Ont., (volunteers of the year); and Alberta was named the province of the year after hosting 18 sanctioned competitions.
The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Tournament Council has approved the pending world slalom record of 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess at the 2010 Eddie Green Open on Oct. 24 at Lake Louis in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. The score eclipses the world record of 1-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off that Jaquess set on Oct. 23.
Recently, I had a chance to catch up with the man behind Radar’s newest addition to their weapon arsenal, pro-skier and Radar Vice creator, Trent Finlayson. Yes of course I got the inside scoop on the machined polyurethane high-performance ski, but before we start talking swerve sticks, let’s take a second to get to know the guy beneath the inked arms and Radar’s b.a. image.
More than just a pro who runs buoys and designs skis, the dedicated 6’3” slalomer hails from Canada, sucks at hockey and has a thing for Rachel McAdams (let’s be honest, who doesn’t.) Coming off of a knee injury that sidelined him for the 2010 season, Trent (aka T$) has his sights set on a strong comeback for not only himself but for the sport altogether.
LAFAYETTE, La. — Alison Lindy and her University of Louisiana-Lafayette water-ski team took first in the Division I Collegiate Waterski National Championships last October in Austin, Texas. A freshman tricks and slalom specialist, Lindy was ready to play collegiate hockey at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter before skiing scholarships took her down to the bayou. Here, the 2010 Centennial High School graduate discusses her life in waterskiing and her favorite Minnesota lakes.
Q: How did you get your start waterskiing?
Lindy: My dad taught me when I was 3 years old. They would hold me up behind the boat. I started skiing on one ski when I was 8, which is harder to do and gives bragging rights.
Q: Did you go to school in Louisiana to ski all year?
Lindy: I was set to play college hockey at Gustavus but then I was offered scholarship money at Lafayette. I took my first look down here Aug. 17, drove down on Aug. 19 and made my first class Aug. 20. You could ski year-round here but of course I'll be home for Christmas break.
Q: Did you know Louisiana-Lafayette had a ski team?
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