Q&A with national and Pan Ams champion Kara MacIntyre

Kara MacIntyre has been a promising U.S. Junior for many years, consistently landing in the top-10 of the rankings list and at Nationals.  But after a 2012 season in which she won the Girls 3 national slalom title and three gold medals at the Pan American Championships, it’s safe to say that the 11th grader from Knoxville, Tenn., is no longer up-and-coming … she’s arrived.

Kara, a GOODE skier since 2009, recently took part in a Q&A session with us.  Here is the conversation:

GOODE: Where do you train?
Kara: When I’m home, I trick ski on Fort Loudoun Lake outside my house, and I often drive 1-1/2 hours with my family or dad to No Wake Lake in Chattanooga to slalom and jump.  We also drive to Cory Pickos’ site, which is where I have been living and training since May when I decided to do online school for this semester in order to ski more.  I also train with Seth Stisher a couple times a year.

GOODE: If you could ski anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Kara: Cory Pickos’ site.  I love the weather, location by the beach and the coaches.  But I would love to travel to a different country, any country, to ski, so I’m so excited for Junior Worlds in Australia.

GOODE: What are your personal best scores?
Kara: 2 buoys at 38-feet off in a tournament and 4 buoys at 38-feet off in practice.

GOODE: How did you get involved with water skiing?
Kara: My dad skied for fun in college and loved it, so he taught me and my brother when we were very young.  Then we met the Curmi family and we improved greatly thanks to their coaching, and they introduced us to other competitive skiers.

GOODE: You’ve come close to a National title before.  How did it feel to win it this year?
Kara: It was unreal.  It was the first big tournament I’ve ever won. It was an adrenalin rush of joy.

GOODE: You have one more year in Girls 3.  Will it be different to defend a title as opposed to chasing one?
Kara: I don’t think of it differently because there have always been a bunch of us girls who are close in scores, but I think it will motivate me more because I know I can win it.

GOODE: Three of your highest scores of the summer were at the GOODE Nationals, Malibu Open and Pan Ams.  How are you able to rise to the moment so well?
Kara: The biggest key is to relax and not be nervous.  And the drive to win a big tournament really motivates me.

GOODE: How did it feel to represent your country at the Pan Ams?
Kara: It was a huge honor, and probably the most nerve-racking tournament I’ve competed in because if I did badly, I would let down my team, not just myself.  But that motivated me to do better.

GOODE: What are your ultimate goals in water skiing?
Kara: To keep improving, get stronger, and to keep having wonderful experiences being with my family, while meeting new people, and traveling.

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