Ryan Dodd wins Dubna World CupDubna,  Russia, July 12, 2009  -  Ryan Dodd of  Olds, Alberta has won  the Jump event at  the International Waterski  Federation’s first World  Cup event of the  season. The 24 year-old  leaped an impressive  67.1 metres in the  finals, which earned  him a tie with  fellow Canadian Jaret  Llewellyn. The pair  were forced to compete  in a sudden death  “jump-off” where Dodd  delivered a solid jump  of 66.4 metres. Unfortunately,  Llewellyn was unable  to complete his jump  as he hit the ramp  too fast and crashed  into the water. He  was not seriously injured.

For  Dodd, who learned to  water ski on the  tiny lake located on  his parent’s farm  east of Olds, the  victory ended a self-professed  slump.  He had  not finished any higher  than third place at  any tournament so far  this season after being  the Mastercraft Pro  Tour Champion last year.  It also gives him  tremendous hope that  he is hitting his  stride just in time  for the World Championships,  which will be held  in Calgary from August  3-9. The event will  represent the first  time the World Waterski  Championships have been  held in Canada for  30 years and Dodd  does not plan to  disappoint the thousands  of spectators expected  to attend the event.

“It’s been my goal for over a year now to win the Jump event in Calgary. I never let myself get too discouraged about my results so far this year and my win today was a huge morale booster. I’m feeling really confident that I can win in my own backyard next month” said Dodd.

However,  Calgary will not be  the only Alberta city  hosting an event featuring  elite water skiing talent  this August. Edmonton  will play host to  this year’s Canadian  National Championships from  August 14-16.

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