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Probably the best waterski podcast I’ve heard fullstop. Jays voice is like a hot knife through butter and wow what he has done for our sport ? He is spot on about making it a show for the public as well as affordable (his ski school rates are very reasonable), but the problem is back in the 70/80’s waterskiing was new and very exciting. Now with every extreme sport imaginable on TV & internet 24/7, waterskiing looks a bit boring. We need a different format for our comps to make it exciting again. Problem is I or anyone else haven’t figured out what yet.

Plus it needs hard work and money but with YouTube views comes money and sponsorship....

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msl2sgbds30h.pngIn this eighth episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo recaps and gives his own take on the results of the 2019 NCWSA Collegiate Nationals

 

Re-watch the action on the

 

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whf865kdqfnv.pngThis ninth episode of The Water Ski Podcast is the second of a two-part interview with Jay Bennett. Jay is a world-renown water ski coach, tournament organizer, and business owner. In this second part, Jay opens up about his coaching philosophy, a result of both experience and years of careful refining.

 

Some of the things Matteo and Jay discussed:

  • The start of Jay's coaching career
  • Coaching as a never-ending learning process
  • The challenges of coaching at the high level
  • His experiences at 2019 Worlds and Pan-Am Games
  • How Jay develops trust with an athlete
  • The challenges of stepping back when things are not working
  • Advise for new coaches

You can listen to Part 1 here.

 

In 2018, Jay was inducted in the Hall Of Fame of the National Collegiate Water Ski Association. Marcus Brown shot

, and I invite you to check it out.

 

Also, keep up with what is going on at Bennett's through their website, Facebook, Instagram, and take a look at the 3 Event Store!

 

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ojmxkjok56bp.pngWelcome to the 10th episode of The Water Ski Podcast.

 

In this one, I talk with Marcus Brown (@MarcusBrown) . Marcus is a former professional skiers who had to stop skiing in the tour prematurely due to a back injury. This setback did not stop him from continuing to be involved in the sport of water skiing. He is in charge of Flow Point TV and the Flow Point podcast, through which he shares video and audio aimed at exposing our sport in all its beauty and complexity. Marcus is also the brain behind all the three version of the HO Freeride, a ski that changed the water sports market. Marcus also was on the engineering team that developed the current MasterCraft Pro Star, launched in 2014. But beyond all of this, Marcus is a genuine, passionate human being, and those who know him or go to meet him can understand the greatness of spirit with the man.

 

Some of the things Matteo and Marcus talked about:

  • Marcus' early days as a skier
  • His "firsts", including first time representing the United States and first injury
  • The role of his parents in his development and that of The Ridge
  • Marcus' involvement in some iconic water sport products in the last few years
  • How water skiing can grow again
  • The state of the pro tour before, during, and after his career
  • … and a TON more!

 

In October of 2019, Marcus was inducted in the Hall Of Fame of the National Collegiate Water Ski Association. You can read more about it at this link.

 

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@Luzz, @MarcusBrown What an awesome podcast! I enjoyed every minute of it! I could have listened to more stories for hours. Marcus, it was so cool to get to know you a little bit more and hear about how you got started in the sport. Thank you both for all that you are doing for the water ski world.
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upbmeajou994.pngWelcome to this very alternative (and quite explicit) episode of The Water Ski Podcast

In this episode, Coop Diddy asks Matteo a lot of the questions people want to ask about skiing. A lot of people have tried water skiing on some combos at least once, and Coop is no exception. In fact, Coop even managed to "kick one off"!

Follow this entertaining episode as Coop and Matteo ramble and untangle:

  • Some basics about the slalom course
  • The idea of a reverse course
  • What "41 off" is off of and general rope lengths
  • Right vs. Left foot forward
  • Whether water skiing is an extreme sport
  • How to promote the sport
  • And a lot more!

If you are new to the sport, hopefully you'll learn something out of this conversation.

If you are already an experienced and knowledgeable skier, you'll definitely find this discussion amusing and, possibly, resembling the ones you often have about trying to explain our sport to non-skiers.

Follow Coop on Instagram and let him know what you think about the episode ;-)

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feby240rzcpj.pngIn this episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo sits down with the legendary Wade Cox.Wade is an AWSA Hall of Fame inductee, 3 times US Masters Champion, and has 47 Pro Slalom titles in his career. Most water ski fans will remember his legendary battles with Andy Mapple that characterized the 1990s, making for one of the longest rivalries in the history of the sport. Join in the conversation as Wade shares his knowledge, his story, and his vision for what is next in his life and in the sport of water skiing.Some of the things Matteo and Wade talked about:

  • Wade's early days as a skier
  • What sparked him to choose skiing over other sports
  • The early successes, including overall skiing achievements
  • How Carl Roberge inspired him to bring his skiing to the next level
  • The transition from college to full Pro
  • The importance of sound technique and equipment
  • The battles with Andy and other skiers
  • How he managed to compete at a high level in the 2000s despite injuries
  • … and a LOT more!
Wade is an integral part of the HO Syndicate team, and his 30+ involvement with the company is truly a rarity in our sport.Also, check out his AWSA Hall of Fame tribute video and
. And, a
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nhglgt71rvpc.pngIn this episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo got to interview Erika Lang.

Erika is the current World Trick Record holder, set in October 2019 at Jack Traver's "Sunset Fall Classic" Tournament in October 2019, with a score of 11260. Erika is also a dual athlete, competing in the WWA Wakeboard Pro Tour.

Some of the things Matteo and Erika talked about:

  • Erika's beginning in the sport as a "distraction" from gymnastics
  • Her gradual transition to water skiing
  • How she went from a "big tricks" tricker to a "big run" tricker
  • Similarities and differences between wakeboarding and trick skiing
  • Her process for learning a new trick in skiing and how to implement it in a run
  • Erika's process to learn a new wakeboarding trick
  • Her World Record Run
  • Gender gap in trick skiing compared to wakeboarding
  • … and a LOT more!

You can watch Erika's

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Also, check out her AWSA Page, World Water Skiers page, and follow her on Instagram.

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9td0be59uayw.pngIn this first 2020 episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo sits down with Keith Albritton.

Keith is an avid skier, internationally recognized driver, and owner of the famous Lake 38, where he has been organizing the Lake 38 Pro Am and other RC events. Matteo and Keith have been skiing together for over 5 years, and had a chance to help each other improve in their skiing.

Some of the things Matteo and Keith talked about:

  • Keith's early days in the sport
  • How he skied a course for the first time
  • The struggles of public water skiing in Tallahassee
  • The birth and development of Lake 38
  • Lake 38 Pro Am and gender-equal payout
  • Keith's experience as a Senior Drive
  • Ski Freeze or Die
  • … and much more!

You can find more about Lake 38 at their Facebook page. Also, watch the

at the first edition of the Lake 38 Pro Am in 2018.

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kam5v4j1jsvl.pngFor this episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo sits down with Dominican slalom sensation Robert Pigozzi

Robert is only 22yo and has already placed himself among the very elite of water skiing. Coached by his dad Mario (on the podcast soon), Claudio Benatti, and Matt Rini, Robert has managed to win some pro events, qualify to the US Masters for three years in a row, and finish 4th in the 2019 Elite World Ranking. Robert is a great character, and this interview recorded in Boca Chica is a good window into his life and ski journey.

Some of the things Matteo and Robert talked about:

  • Robert's early exposures to water skiing through his dad
  • His struggles as a kid to progress in the sport
  • How watching skiers like Matteo, Nicholas Benatti, and Gianmarco Pajni inspired Robert and gave him companionship
  • The development of the Catalina Ski lake
  • Robert's early successes in the Junior categories
  • The moments Robert realized he was good
  • Some milestones of the 2018 season
  • A thorough recount of his 2019 season, including winning the Pan Am Games and the consequences of this victory in his country
  • … and much more!

Follow Robert on Instagram and check out his page on World Water Skiers and on Team Nautique

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Hey Ballers,

 

As I learned more about how podcast charts work (one of the ways in which I am trying to spread the word about water skiing to non-skiing audiences), it turns out that for chart purposes Apple Podcast highly relies on (in order):

subscriptions

reviews

ratings.

 

This is opposed to, say, Spotify, that primarily looks at downloads and plays.

 

If you are listening to The Water Ski Podcast from Apple Podcast, please make sure to subscribe. 1 in 4 frequent listeners are not subscribed, which is not bad if this was a generic podcast, but for something as specific as this we could do better :smile:

 

And, of course, if you have 2 minutes to submit a review, that also helps B)

 

Keep listening, great episode coming up next Tuesday ;)

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@UWSkier my understanding is that Google Podcast doesn't have charts. Certainly listening anywhere helps. Currently, my strategy is to maximize use of 1) Apple Podcast, 2) Spotify (available for Android too), and somewhat) Stitcher (primarily through embedded players on my website).

The reason for these three venues is the presence of charts and they are widely considered the top 3 podcast providers.

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@KRoundy Yep, same thing. And that's correct, no review process on Spotify. Thank you for the props, excited to share the next episode on Tuesday :smile:

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Got a shiny new, Chris Parrish @CParrish43 signed Flogrown hat, a hugger I had to put to use immediately, and a sticker that would make @brooks think I don’t love him no more. Thank you @Luzz for the awesome podcast & CP for all the gear & all you do. I’m looking forward to every Tuesday show. And getting CP to come do some coaching at our site. jjmtrp4tig4c.jpeg

 

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eubban5u7y5n.pngMatteo sits down with two 2-time World Trick Champions Adam and Cory Pickos.

Cory is a IWWF and AWSA Hall of Fame skier and one of the innovators and legends of trick skiing, with 24 World Record, 2 World Titles, 10 US Masters and 10 US Open Titles. Adam, his son, also owns two World Gold Medals at home and a bunch of other accolades. It was an honor sitting with them to hear their favorite stories, pick their brain on trick skiing, and talk about the upcoming Junior World Championships to be hosted at their ski school in Santa Rosa Beach, FL in August.

Some of the things Matteo, Adam, and Cory talked about:

  • Cory's early days in water skiing with his dad in Wisconsin and the early rise to success
  • Cory's first World Title in 1981
  • Adam's early days in skiing and the role of Cory in his progression
  • Adam's first World Title in 2015
  • How the manage to maintain a healthy coach-athlete, father-son relationship
  • Their favorite part about trick skiing
  • Some of the tricks they struggled to learn along the way
  • The effects of being surrounded by friends and competitors at all time at ski school
  • Life at Cory Pickos Ski School in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
  • The organization of the 2020 Junior World Championships
  • … and much more!

In addition, a special episode of The Water Ski Podcast is now available on Swerve, a new social network for water skiers. To listen, create a profile on https://swerve.mn.co or download the Mighty Networks app and search for Swerve.

that put Adam at the top of the 2015 World Championships, and
with the famous Wake 720 front to front.

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8q0ov8ra054h.pngIn this episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo interviews Mario Pigozzi.

Mario is the owner of Catalina Ski Lake in Boca China, Dominican Republic, and widely considered one of the best water ski drivers in the World. With numerous World Championships, Pan Am Games, Pan-American and Latin-American Championships, and tens of Pro Tournaments, Mario is one of the most experienced people behind the wheel. He is also Robert Pigozzi's dad and coach, one of the sensations of the Pro Men slalom scene.

 

Join Matteo and Mario as they touch on:

  • How Mario found out about water skiing
  • His early days working at a ski club in Africa and learning about the sport
  • The summers skiing at Jolly Ski in Italy
  • Mario's move to the DR and carrying on the passion about water skiing
  • The creation of Catalina Ski Lake and Robert's early days on the water
  • How his passion for driving pushed him to improve
  • The importance of driving all levels to become a good driver
  • What he believes good driving should be
  • … and much more!

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78v5ajb34y2a.pngIn this new episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo interviews Thomas Gustafson.

Thomas is a skier, a respected coach, and especially one of the best photographers in water ski and wakeboard history. With countless magazine covers and spreads, Thomas has grazed the eyes of water sports enthusiasts with some unique and spectacular shots. Thomas is also a keen coach. Working primarily in Italy, Sweden, and the United States, he has influenced over three generations of skiers, including the likes of Marco Riva, Oskar Vikström, Jakob Bogne, and Leonardo Boldini.

Join Matteo and Thomas as they discuss:

  • Thomas' early skiing experiences and successes
  • How coaching became a part of his experience while competing
  • The focus shift from jump and tricks to slalom due to injury
  • How he realized photography became a passion
  • Thomas' early days a photographer and those who helped him shoot
  • The first few shots that made it to publication
  • Some fun shooting stories
  • Thomas' advice on how to improve your photos
  • … and much more!

In addition to the episode, we also launched another Apple Podcast review contest! Thomas and I will raffle a winner on Instagram Live and the winner will get a print of a famous shot, autographed by Thomas.

Here are the rules:

  • Click on "Write a Review" in Apple Podcast
  • Rate and write a review telling us what you thought about Episode 19 with Thomas Gustafson
  • MAKE SURE to take a screenshot of your review before you submit it.
  • Submit the review
  • Send the screenshot to matteo@thewaterskipodcast.com
  • We'll raffle the shot on Wednesday, March 4th

Follow Thomas on Instagram and check out his website to see some of his work. In addition, Thomas organizes a cool water ski tour in Italy, brining guests to 10 different ski sites in the old country.

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uu84dmwprpwl.pngThe twentieth episode of The Water Ski Podcast is the first of a two-part interview with the 2019 World Slalom Champion Manon Costard.

Manon is the 28yo slalom sensation from France who is the current Slalom World Champion. A true fighter on the water, she can claim several successes including US Masters and several European Championships. Manon sits downs and opens up with Matteo on her skiing, skiing in general, some of the things she learned along the way, and how she sees the sport moving forward. Manon is also the Athlete Representative for the Europe&Africa Region of the IWWF and someone who wants to see the sport continuously improving.

Join Matteo and Manon as they discuss:

  • Manon's early years in the sport.
  • Her initial successes in tricks and how coaches elevated her skiing.
  • Manon's success in the Junior and Under 21 categories and her passion for jump
  • The transition to slalom, and the win at the 2011 European Championships
  • The move to the US for college, Pro Tour, and the decision to become a slalom specialist
  • The choice of becoming Pro full time
  • The 2016 San Gervasio Pro Am and winning on borrowed equipment
  • The win at the 2019 IWWF World Championships in Malaysia.
  • …and a TON more

Follow Manon on Instagram, check out her website, watch this

, and stay tune for Part 2 next week, in which Manon shares more of her personal journey with Matteo.

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yv72fbqyskzv.pngThe 21st episode of The Water Ski Podcast is the second part of the interview with the Manon Costard, the 2020 Moomba Masters Slalom Champion.

In this second part of the interview, Manon shares the excitement that followed her victory at the 2019 World Championships, and the late part of the 2019 season. Manon also shared something that happened to her in her youth, something that shouldn't have happened. We discussed the vulnerable position that young athletes can find themselves in, and what we can do as a community to help. This was not an easy conversation, but Manon shares and covers the topic in a very candid and respectful way, and her message is one that must be heard.

Join Matteo and Manon again as they discuss:

  • The first few days and weeks as a World Champion
  • The end of the 2019 season
  • The high level Pro Women skiing is reaching, particularly after the 2019 Malibu Open
  • The importance of coaching at a young age
  • Something that happened to her in her early teens and how vulnerable young athletes can be
  • The emotional experience of being taken advantage of and the importance of speaking to the victim
  • What Manon has learned from the experience
  • Her current social support system
  • Her win at the 2018 US Masters and how that contrasts to the World Championships.
  • …and a lot more

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81yvd8z4a74i.pngIn this new episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo got to sit down with two-time World Slalom Champion Thomas "Tgas" Degasperi!

Arguably the best Italian water skier of all time, Thomas has been at the top of the sport for over 15 years. With 2 World titles, 7 European titles, 2 Moomba Masters, and 1 US Masters (among many other accolades), he belongs to anyone's all-time list of dominant skiers. Thomas' rivalry with Will Asher over the years has been compared to the one Andy Mapple and Wade Cox had before them. For instance, Thomas and Will won 2 World Championships each over the course of 8 years. Thomas is also one of two skiers in history to have won Moomba and US Masters in the same year, with the other one being Andy Mapple. Finally, Thomas also owns and operates Tgas Ski Club in Winter Garden, FL, where he helps skiers of any level improve their game.

Join Matteo and Thomas as they talk about:

  • Thomas' early days in the sport and how his dad got exposed to water skiing
  • His youth and Junior competitive days
  • The breakthrough of getting 4th at the 2001 Worlds in Recetto
  • The decision of moving to Monroe, LA to pursue skiing and university
  • The move to Orlando
  • Thomas' first World title in Linz
  • The early days in the Pro Tour
  • The win at the US Masters.
  • …and a lot more

Follow Thomas, Tgas Ski Club, and Sci Nautico Trento on Instagram and check out his website!

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zudb9whxk0y7.pngEpisode 23 is the first part of Matteo's interview with Corey Vaughn!

Corey is one of the best water skiers in the world and one of the few (ten) skiers to have run 10.25m (41off) in a tournament!

In this episode, Matteo prompts Corey to talk about his early days in skiing. Corey's story might start as the usual path most of us undertook in discovering water skiing, but quickly develops into one of the most interesting stories you have ever heard.

Enjoy this episode as Matteo and Corey cover the following:

  • Corey's early days in the sport at his grandparent's house
  • The summers spent skiing and having fun behind the boat
  • The challenge of regaining the innocence and worry-free attitude as a Pro Skier
  • The collegiate days at Clemson University
  • The immediate post-university days.
  • The great story of the weekend Corey became open rated
  • …and a lot more
Follow Corey on Instagram, check out his website and ski school! Oh, and his beautiful profile on RadaR Skis.

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cjie4hyglb6b.pngWelcome to the second part of Corey Vaughn's interview for The Water Ski Podcast!

Corey is one of the best water skiers in the world and one of the few (ten) skiers to have run 10.25m (41off) in a tournament!

Corey continues from where he left off in Part 1 and shares some funny stories, challenging times, early struggles and subsequent improvements, and tells the story of how he came to run 10.25m in tournament

Enjoy this episode as Matteo and Corey cover the following:

  • Corey's move to West Palm Beach
  • Early struggles to get time on the water and Chet's mentorship
  • The days in Acapulco
  • The balance between competitiveness and enjoyment
  • His experiences with Andy Mapple and Kris LaPoint
  • The tournament in which he ran 41off
  • The balance between running a ski school and pursuing excellence in skiing
  • …and a lot more
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d2x37ns67z18.pngThis episode of TWSP is with Harry Spavin and Ryan Gonzales, the Team Captain and Coach of the Ragin' Cajuns Water Ski Team!

Louisiana has a long and successful tradition of collegiate water skiing, with University of Louisiana Monroe and University of Louisiana at Lafayette having won almost all the NCWSA titles ever awarded.

This episode is a small window into the lives of two people who are continuing the tradition of the Ragin' Cajuns Water Ski Team. "Spav" is a great skier, current Team Captain, and the 2019 NCSWA Male Outstanding Leader of the Year, who led the Cajuns to their 7th National title. "Gonzo" has been the Coach of the Water Ski Team since 2011, and has been able through hard work and dedication to help this skier-run team reaching new heights.

Join Matteo, Spav, and Gonzo as they talk about:

  • Harry's early days of skiing and his journey to the University of Louisiana
  • How Ryan, not a skier, ended up coaching one of the best ski teams of all time
  • The inner workings of how the ski team runs
  • Some of the key people, donors, and alumni that allow the team to continue thriving
  • The process that brought the 2019 National Title back to Lafayette
  • and a LOT more :)

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2i0rv7wga1si.pngIn this episode, Matteo sits down with Pro Skier Dane Mechler!

Dane is a water ski sensation and literally a threat to every single event he partakes. Among the many accomplishments Dane has already accrued we find ad Under 21 and University World Championships, and more that we will cover on Part 2 this Saturday.

Dane is currently ranked 8th in the IWWF Elite Ranking List, a proficiency and competitiveness he manages during his free time from a high-pressure finale position at Grant Thornton.

In this first part, Dane navigates his early days in skiing, facilitated by a great and long time friendship with Matteo.

Join them as they cover the following:

  • Dane's early days of skiing in Cincinnati and his dad's influence on his skiing
  • The relationship with his brother Mason and their joint ski journey
  • The early days at Pickos Ski School and Cory's influence on Dane's ski style
  • His first tournament experiences in the Midwest and at the National level
  • The Junior Worlds and the ensuing commitment to proper tournament preparation
  • Dane's collegiate days at The University of Louisiana
  • The path to victory at the Under 21 Worlds
  • The sensational win at the 2016 University Worlds in a run-off with Robert Pigozzi
  • …and a lot more
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x71r4xxcy573.pngWelcome to Part 2 of Dane Mechler's interview for The Water Ski Podcast!

Dane is a water ski sensation and literally a threat to every single event he partakes. Among the many accomplishments Dane has already accrued we find ad Under 21 and University World Championships.

Dane is currently ranked 8th in the IWWF Elite Ranking List, a proficiency and competitiveness he manages during his free time from a high-pressure finale position at Grant Thornton.

In this second part, Dane shares more recent events, particularly with regards to the 2019 season.

Join in as Dane and Matteo cover the following:

  • Dane's peculiar slalom technique, and what led to some those peculiarities
  • His days with Matteo and Keith Albritton in Tallahassee
  • The challenge of getting past the 2@41off hump
  • Being top seed at the 2019 Open Worlds at Malaysia.
  • How he followed that experience with California Pro Am
  • Dane's first Pro podium at the 2019 Malibu Open
  • Combining work and high-end skiing
  • The financial side of growing the sport of water skiing
  • …and a lot more
Follow Dane on Instagram, and watch some of the highlights of the

Take a few seconds to write a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts, it really helps :-) … and let's keep the momentum going!

If you are enjoying this podcast, please consider a donation.

Ski coach at Jolly Ski, Organizer of the San Gervasio Pro Am (2023 Promo and others), Co-Organizer of the Jolly Clinics.
We are getting rid of a few Omegas for cheap (this, this, this, and that).

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