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Team GOODE racks up medals at Pan Am Championships

Regina Jaquess (middle) claimed gold in slalom at the 2018 Pan American Championships

 

GOODE skiers claimed five slalom golds on their way to a huge medal haul at the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships, held Nov. 12-18, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.

The biennial event featured skiers from the Americas competing in slalom, tricks and jumping in the Under 14, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55, Under 17, Under 21 and Elite categories.

GOODE skiers winning slalom medals were Dominga Gonzalez (Gold, Under 14 girls), Kennedy Hansen (Silver, Under 17 girls), Alejandro De Osma (Bronze, Under 21 Women), Diego Font (Bronze, Under 21 Men), Alana Jones (Bronze, Under 14 Girls), Regina Jaquess (Gold, Open Women), Brandy Nagle, (Gold, Over 35 Women), Rodrigo Miranda (Silver, Over 35 Men), Jeff Surdej (Bronze, Over 35 Men), Kristy Kraus (Silver, Over 45 Women), Hutch Haines (Silver, Over 45 Men), Joy Kelley (Gold, Over 55 Women), Janie Fausold (Silver, Over 55 Women), Bruce Dodd (Gold, Over 55 Men), and Mark Stevens (Silver, Over 55 Men).

Full results available here.

Miller tops Regina for Bracket Challenge Crown 

After beginning with 16 skiers in June, the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to two skiers in September: No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess and No. 3 seed Dave Miller.

Decided by the single highest preliminary round score at last weekend’s California Pro AM, Dave squeaked by Regina – 1.5 at 41 to her 1 at 41 – to win the title.

See the video above for a recap and the final brackets here.

Online Contest

In the online contest it was a battle between the only two fans whose brackets remained perfect: Bruce_Dodd and PCM. Bruce_Dodd picked Miller to win, while PCM picked Regina, so Bruce_Dodd’s bracket is perfect and is the season champion.

See the final online contest standings here.

Congratulations to both Dave Miller and Bruce Dodd.

Team GOODE bags three wins at California Pro Am

The pro tournament season ended with a bang for Team GOODE as it took home three titles and a runner-up finish at last weekend’s California Pro Am at Bell Aqua Lake 2.

Regina Jaquess scored 2 buoys at 41 off to beat Manon Costard (5.5 at 39) in the final round to win her sixth career California Pro Am Women’s slalom title. Fellow GOODE skier Karen Truelove made the eight-skier finals and finished 7th.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi rang up multiple scores into 41 – including tying for the highest score of the weekend at 3 at 41 – before finishing second behind winner Will Asher. Adam Sedlmajer continued his recent streak of good showings by making the finals and placing 6th.

In the Masters Men event, seven of the final eight skiers were all on GOODEs as Greg Badal took home the win by defeating Mark Menasci in the final round. Chad Scott finished third and Steve Schroeder fourth.

And finally, the handicapped amateur division was won by Ken Ferrante, who took home the win just a couple weeks after jumping on the new RéVolution.  GOODE skier Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 national record of 3 at 38 off.

Click here for final results.

Jeff Rodgers wins Big Dawg Finals, 7 of Elite 8 on GOODEs

Former Men’s Slalom World Champion Jeff Rodgers won the Big Dawg World Tour Finals Sunday at Lake Jepawhit in Gaines, Mich., holding off seven GOODE skiers who all advanced to the Elite 8.

Rodgers topped Todd Johnson in the final round to earn the win, while Dave Miller (3rd) edged Mark Menasci (4th) in the consolation bracket. Additional GOODE skiers who qualified for the Elite 8 were Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Ben Favret, Chad Scott, and Greg Badal. GOODE skiers also claimed 12 of the Sweet 16 spots.

Heading into the Big Dawg Finals a GOODE skier had won each stop on the tour this year as Miller won at both Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge, Greg Sund won in Sesena, Spain, and Badal won at Laku Landing.

Complete Finals results here.

It’s Regina Jaquess vs. Dave Miller in Bracket Challenge finals

And then there were two.  Two skiers still standing and only two fans still alive in the online contest.

No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess will face No. 3 seed Dave Miller in the final round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge as Regina (1@41) bested Chad Scott (4.5@38) and Dave (3@41) edged Greg Badal (3@41) to advance to the next round. View the brackets here.

Since both Regina and Dave will compete at this month’s California Pro-Am in Rio Linda, Calif., that tournament will be used to crown the 2018 Bracket Challenge champion.

Online Contest

Only two fans have a chance to win the top prize as Bruce_Dodd and PCM are the only two out of 219 entrants to have unblemished brackets so far.  And interestingly enough, each of them has picked a different skier to win it all. Bruce Dodd picked Dave Miller, while PCM selected Regina Jaquess. Here we go!

See the full online contest standings here.

Team GOODE wins three medals at Europe & Africa U21s

From left to right, Lea Miermont (2nd), Alice Bagnoli (1st) and Stanislava Prosvetova (3rd).

Team GOODE skiers claimed half of the slalom medals awarded at last weekend’s Europe & Africa Under 21 Championships held at Roquebrune sur Argens, France.

Italy’s Alice Bagnoli won her third consecutive Womens title, scoring 2 buoys at 38 off in the finals to top fellow GOODE skier Lea Miermont (France), who claimed the silver with 1 at 38 off.

In the Mens division, GOODE’s Aris Techoueyres (Greece) took home the silver with a score of 2.5 at 39, a half buoy behind winner Jakob Bogne of Sweden.

The team competition was won by Great Britain (7,953.13), with France (7,547.16) and Italy (7,256.29) finishing second and third, respectively.

For complete results click here.

Bracket Challenge Round 2 sets up intriguing match ups

Round 1 of the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge is complete and for the most part favorites advanced in orderly fashion.  The only lower seed to advance over a higher seed was No. 12 Marc Shaw who topped Kyle Tate, who did not ski in a tournament in June.

See June’s full results below and the updated brackets here.

The second round sets up a number of intriguing match-ups, including:

  • No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess vs. one of the hottest skiers in the world right now, Greg Sund. Regina is the Women’s slalom world record holder and three-time defending Women’s world slalom champion, while Greg is coming off a victory at the Big Dawg in Spain, two other Big Dawg top-four finishes and running 41 off twice in the same tournament in June.
  • No. 3 Dave Miller vs. No. 6 Kevin Bishop. Dave is a perennial threat in any 34mph competition and advanced to the finals of the Bracket Challenge last year. Kevin put up a big score of 2 buoys at 41 off at last month’s Big Dawg in Cedar Ridge, which tied him with Dave and another skier for the highest score of the weekend.

Online Fan Contest

In the online fan contest, 17 of the 219 entrants perfectly picked the first round, while 69 only had one error on their ledger.

Of the 17 perfect brackets so far, Dave Miller is the favorite as picked in eight brackets, with Greg Badal (4), Regina (3), Kevin (1), and Chad (1) all receiving nods.

Round 1 – June 2018

1) Regina Jaques 2@41
16) Jeff Surdej 3@38

8) Greg Sund 1@43
9) Jay Leach 1@41

5) Kyle Tate No tournament in June
12) Marc Shaw 3.5@39

4) Chad Scott 2@41
13) Bruce Dodd 4.5@39

2) Greg Badal 2.5@41
15) Todd Kuykendall 2@41

7) Chet Raley 0.5@41
10) Ben Favret No tournament in June

6) Kevin Bishop 2@41
11) Tim Huston No tournament in June

3) Dave Miller 2.5@41
14) Jeff Milford No tournament in June

Greg Sund wins Big Dawg Spain

Greg Sund and his XTR are on fire.

One weekend after running 41 off twice and after two top-four finishes at the year’s first two Big Dawg stops, Greg won the Big Dawg Spain stop at the Sesena Waterski Center in Sesena, Spain.

Greg topped Philippe Draux, 5 at 38 to 4 at 38, in the final round to claim the victory. He defeated Raoul Gabriel, Marc Shaw and Dani Teixidor in previous brackets to advance to the finals. Both Greg and fellow GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci scored 2 at 41 off in the preliminaries to log the second-highest scores behind Philippe’s 2.5 at 41.

Greg’s win, combined with Dave Miller’s victories at both the Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge stops, means that all three Big Dawg stops in 2018 so far have been won on XTRs.

For complete Big Dawg Spain results, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The GOODE Bracket Challenge returns, pick your winners now

The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups while testing fans’ skiing knowledge with a March-Madness like contest.

World champions and record holders, Senior World championships and perennial Big Dawg and National title contenders will duke it out over the four-round, four-month virtual tournament. Make your bracket picks now.

ONLINE FAN CONTEST

Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest.

The overall winner will win a free GOODE high-performance slalom ski, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out your bracket before the June 26th deadline.

Last year Greg Badal edged Dave Miller in the finals, giving fan contest winner Kyle Kuykendall a perfect bracket and a new XTR.

MORE INFO

For more information, including official rules and how the Bracket Challenge works, visit goode.com/bracket.

Team GOODE member interview: Karen Truelove

As one of skiing’s most consistent pros, Team GOODE member Karen Truelove is no stranger to the upper echelons of Women’s slalom. In fact, since the IWSF Elite rankings list began in 2002, Karen hasn’t finished a year ranked outside the top four.

With the American pro schedule getting ready to kick off next month with one of her favorite tournaments – the U.S. Masters – we caught up with Karen to discuss what she has on tap for 2012, how her training is impacted by being married to the world’s best jumper, and whether life as a professional athlete has changed with motherhood.

What are your goals for the 2012 pro season?

Karen: I did not have a very consistent 2011 season. I started out pretty strong with a Moomba win and runner-up finish at the U.S. Masters, but by the end of the summer I had some of the worst finishes that I have had in awhile. I have made some changes in my approach to my training and am really concentrating on what works for me.

You’ve been invited to the 2012 Masters, which is a tournament you’ve had success at including a title in 2005 and a number of top-three finishes. What’s your approach as you head into the final weeks of pre-Masters preparation?

Karen: I love the Masters! I always go into that tournament knowing that the competition is going to be high and I want to be at my best. I may not always reach that point, but anything can happen on Robin Lake. Once the tournament starts, it’s anyone’s game. I just try to work on being strong on my ski and try to be ready to ski in challenging conditions.

You’ve been a pro since the late 90s. How does that amount of experience give you an edge over some of your younger competitors who don’t have as much experience under their belts?

Karen: Sometimes I don’t know that it’s an advantage. The sport has changed so much in the last 10 years – with equipment, boats, cruise control – that it almost feels new to me a lot of times. In many ways, there’s been a lot of “starting over.” I do think that because of all my years of skiing professionally that I am starting to understand and realize what works best for me. That’s the main advantage that I see.

Right now the world record stands at 2 buoys at 41-feet off, a mark first set by your fellow Team GOODE member Regina Jaquess … how far can it go?

Karen: I think there are definitely a few more turns to be made! We are seeing a rise in scores from both men and women and that’s just the way sports go. There are peaks and lulls. I think a lot of it has to do with innovations in skis, speed control, smaller wakes, and a better understanding of technique.

Everyone knows your husband Freddy Krueger as one of the best jumpers ever, but not as many know that he has a strong three-event background. How much does he help you with slalom coaching?

Karen: Unfortunately, Freddy isn’t hitting the slalom much these days; life is just too full for us. But because he does have background in slalom skiing he tends to understand things pretty well. It all comes down to knowing the basics anyway. Naturally, he relates to his jumping first and that’s OK by me because sometimes I understand it better when we do talk about it in reference to jumping. That’s what I see the most in our daily training and it gives me my own perspective on how to translate it into slalom.

And you’ve jumped on the professional level in the past as well, so do you coach him a lot?

Karen: Yes, every day. We work really well together. Freddy can coach himself but I am just there to help “clean things” up every now and then. You’ve got to have that one person who knows what you do at your best and can help you get there.

Your son Dash was born in 2009. How much has becoming a parent changed your life as a professional athlete?

Karen: It has changed things tremendously!! I have such respect for athletes who are also parents. You don’t know until you go through it, but it takes so much juggling to get everything accomplished.

I could not do it without our parents’ support. Time is a serious commodity now and we have to really be diligent with our training schedule. It’s easy to not get the recovery time that you need and that has been a big learning curve for us. It’s all trial and error but so far we have been really fortunate. We love being parents and wouldn’t trade it for the world!