Dubna, 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.