POLK CITY, Fla. – The U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and 17 U.S. water ski athletes combined to win 30 individual medals in respective events at the 2010 World 35+ Water Ski Championships, Sept. 7-11, in Segrate, Italy. The United States tallied 10,283.05 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. Great Britain earned the silver medal with 8,788.28 points and Germany earned the bronze medal with 8,335.69 points.
Athletes and teams from 34 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

Members of the U.S. World 35+ World Water Ski Team were: Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Women 55+; Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), Women 55+; Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.), Women 45-54; Connie Morris (San Diego, Calif.), Women 45-54; Lisa Lamb (East Troy, Wis.), Women 35-44; Ham Wallace (Nashville, Tenn.), Men 55+; Tommy Newman (McDonald, Tenn.), Men 45-54; and Marc Shaw (Orlando, Fla.), Men 35-44.

Harrison swept gold medals in Women 55+ slalom (2 buoys at 32 feet off), tricks (3,010 points), jumping (91 feet) and overall (3,404.96); Wallace won the gold medal in Men 55+ jumping (127 feet) and the silver medal in overall (2,120.60 points; Fausold earned silver medals in Women 55+ slalom (5 buoys at 28 feet off), jumping (77 feet) and overall (2,912.15 points) and the bronze medal in tricks (2,640 points); Morris earned silver medals in Women 45-54 jumping (88 feet) and overall (2,284.17 points), and the bronze medal in tricks (2,300 points); Koenig earned the bronze medal in Women 45-54 overall (2,144.62 points); Lamb earned silver medals in Women 35-44 jumping (103 feet) and overall (1,663.49 points), and the bronze medal in slalom (1 buoy at 32 feet off); and Shaw earned silver medals n Men 35-44 jumping (184 feet) and overall (2,312.16 points).

U.S. athletes competing as independents were: Beverly Abbott (Santa Fe, Texas), Women 45-54; Marc Bedsole (Orlando, Fla.), Men 45-54; Will Bush (Elk Grove, Calif.), Men 55+; John Carder (Knoxville, Tenn.), Men 45-54; Merry Finch (Merrysville, Calif.), Women 55+; Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), Men 45-54; Ed Hickey (Coral Gables, Fla.), Men 55+; Eric Lee (San Diego, Calif.), Men 55+; George Levien (Aventura, Fla.), Men 55+; Laurie Lindsey (Greenacres, Fla.), Women 45-54; Jeff Milford (Draper, Utah), Men 35-44; Steve Nelson (Arden Hills, Minn.), Men 55+; Chet Raley (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Men 45-54; Steve Raphael (Colleyville, Texas), Men 55+; Gordon Rathbun (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Men 55+; Paul Risch (Humble, Texas), Men 55+; Stan Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.), Men 55+; Dan Zeisler (Oxford, Conn.), Men 45-54; and Michael McCormick (Seffner, Fla.), Men 35-44.

Hickey won the gold medal in Men 55+ slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off; Raley won the gold medal in Men 45-54 slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Rathbun earned the silver medal in Men 55+ slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off); Abbott earned the silver medal in Women 45-54 tricks (3,640 points); Bedsole earned the silver medal in Men 45-54 tricks (4,830 points); Lee earned the bronze medal in Men 45-54 tricks (4,580 points); McCormick earned the bronze medal in Men 35-44 tricks (6,310 points) and overall (2,253.89 points); Nelson earned the silver medal in Men 55+ tricks (2,680 points); Finch earned the silver medal in Women 55+ tricks (2,710 points); and Lindsey earned the bronze medal in Women 45-54 slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off).

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USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.
 

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