After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal.
The two faced off in the first round of last weekend’s Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif., to determine the champ. Watch the video above to find out who won.
Fan contest won with perfect bracket
Kyle Kuykendall is the winner of a brand new XTR, thanks to his perfect picks in the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge.
With the bracket submission named “Winner!,” Kyle correctly picked both of the two upsets during the four round event – his uncle (No. 13) Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach and (No. 2) Greg Badal’s victory over top seed Dave Miller.
Nine brackets – Gloerson, June 2017, Kevin’s Bracket, LLUSA, Malibu Dave’s Picks, Mary’s Picks, Rich’s Bracket picks, Skicm777, and skidawg – tied for second place, with each only having one mark against them.
To see where all 385 bracket submission placed, click here.
Team GOODE nearly swept the slalom medals at last weekend’s European Championships in Poland, winning five of the six medals awarded.
Clementine Lucine claimed gold to lead Team GOODE to a 1-2-3 sweep of the Women’s slalom event. She scored six buoys at 38-feet off in the finals to earn the win, while her French teammate Ambre Franc finished second with three buoys at 38 off, a half-buoy ahead of the third-place finisher, Russia’s Alisa Shevkunova.
For Clementine, the slalom gold secured her 30th career Euros gold medal.
In Men’s slalom, the Italian duo of Thomas Degasperi and Brando Caruso finished second and third, respectively, both scoring 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas securing the higher placement on the strength of a higher preliminary score. Great Britain’s Freddie Winter took home gold.
Both overall titles were won by GOODE athletes, with the Czech Republic’s Adam Sedlmajer winning the Men’s title, and Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava claiming the Women’s.
The Water Ski World Championships concluded Sunday in Paris the same way that three previous championships have: with Regina Jaquess clutching a Women’s slalom gold medal.
Riding her GOODE XTR, Regina (United States) came out on top of two tie-breaker run offs against eventual runner-up Whitney McClintock (Canada) to claim her fourth career World slalom title (see video above). The win sets the all-time mark for Women’s world slalom championships, breaking the record of three that she previously shared with legends Liz Allen, Cindy Todd and Helena Kjellander. Regina’s four World Slalom titles came in 2005, 2013, 2015, and now, 2017.
She also claimed the Women’s overall title, completing an unprecedented slalom/overall three-peat (2013, 2015 and 2017). The overall gold is the fifth of her career, the most ever for a Woman and second only behind Patrice Martin all time. She also earned a silver medal in jumping to go along with her team gold, giving her four medals during the championships.
Joining Regina atop the overall podium on the Men’s side was Team GOODE’s Felipe Miranda (Chile), who advanced to the Men’s slalom finals on the way to claiming overall gold, his second career World overall title.
Thomas Degasperi (Italy) just missed out on claiming his fifth World championships medal, finishing fourth, a half buoy behind bronze medalist Jason McClintock (Canada). Brando Caruso (Italy) entered the finals as the top seed, finishing fifth. Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the finals were Felipe (8th) and Marek Mlynek (Slovakia – 10th).
In Women’s slalom six of the 12 finalists were on GOODE, as Clementine Lucine (France – 4th), Karen Truelove (United States – 6th), Celine Detry (Belgium – 7th), Alice Bagnoli (Italy – 8th), and Ambre Franc (France – 9th) joined Regina in the final round.
Natallia Berdnikava (Belarus – 2nd), Giannina Bonnemann (Germany – 4th), Anna Gay (United States – 5th), and Brooke Baldwin (United States – 8th) all landed in the top-10 of Women’s overall, while Adam Sedlmajer (Czech Republic – 4th) and Dorien Llewellyn (Canada – 5th) did so on the Men’s side.
With Freddie Winter (Great Britain) claiming gold in Men’s slalom, both World slalom championships were won on PowerShells.
The United States earned it’s first team world title since 2013, with France and defending champion Canada finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge will come down to the top-two seeds, and frequent competitors at 34mph tournaments around the world, No. 1 seed Dave Miller vs. No. 2 Greg Badal.
Dave survived a tough challenge from No. 5 seed Jeremy Newby-Ricci, edging him by one buoy, 3@41 to 2@41 to advance to the finals.
Greg had a bit of an easier semifinal match-up. Between preparing for Worlds – and most critically the cancellation of the Malibu Open due to algae issues – Regina did not post a score in August. Greg would have been pretty tough to beat anyway, as he put up a robust score of 3@41.
So it’s Dave vs. Greg in September.
Online Fan Contest
That leaves three participants in the online fan contest with perfect brackets so far. Malibu Dave’s Picks and Skicm77 each pick Dave to win it all, while Winner! has Greg as the champion. In the event that Dave Miller wins, the contest will come down to the final round tiebreaker. Malibu Dave’s Picks predicts the winning score to be 3.5@41, while Skicm77 picked 3@41.
GOODE Skis and Reflex have partnered to create the Power-G-Flex™ system, bringing the comfort and performance long associated with the PowerShell 5 boot to the sport’s leading mechanical release system.
“There are a considerable number of skiers who really love the PowerShell boots, but prefer a mechanical release system,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “This collaboration between two proven industry leaders now gives those skiers a best-in class option that I know many have been looking for.”
A specially designed injection molded piece connects the PowerShell boot to the Reflex toe bar, and an added rear heal cleat secures the boot to the mechanical release. The PowerShell/Reflex pairing will come standard mounted to a G-10 carbon plate and will also feature a rear half-boot option.
PowerShell boots have long been know for their comfort and performance, powering countless world and national records and serving as the boot of choice for some of this generation’s best skiers, including Regina Jaquess, Thomas Degasperi and Freddie Winter.
Top seed Dave Miller (1.5@41) had the closest scare, edging No. 8 seed Kyle Tate by a mere quarter buoy, while No. 2 Greg Badal had an easier time handling No. 7 Kevin Bishop, winning with a score of 3@41 to Kevin’s 5@39.
No. 3 Regina Jaquess put in the top score of July with 3.5@41 – tying her own Women’s world slalom record in the process – to top No. 6 Chad Scott who registered 1@41. Ironically, Chad was the driver for Regina’s big score.
And No. 5 seed Jeremy Newby-Ricci beat the tournament’s last remaining cinderella story, No. 13 Todd Kuykendall, 3@41 to 1@41.
That sets up two scintillating Final Four match-ups:
No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, and
No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 3 Regina Jaquess
In the online fan contest, of the 385 brackets submitted only three brackets remain perfect – Malibu Dave’s Picks, Skicm777 and Winner! – while 37 brackets have only one blemish.
View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.
Team GOODE kicked off a string of European pro events by taking one title and three of six available podium spots at last weekend’s San Gervasi Pro-Am in Italy.
Regina Jaquess topped Manon Costard in the head-to-head finals to earn the win, while Clementine Lucine took third and fellow GOODE skier Alisa Shevkunova finished fourth.
In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi scored 4 at 41 off twice during the weekend on his way to a third-place finish. Brian Detrick scored 3 at 41 off to advance into the round of 8 before finishing fifth, while Benjamin Stadlbaur and Martin Bartalsky both posted scores into 41 off while just missing out on spots in the round of 8.
The first round of the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge almost ended up with the event’s biggest ever upset, as No. 1 seed Dave Miller and No. 16 Ben Favret tied, with Dave eventually earning the win once the back-up tiebreaker score was applied.
And Ben used an interesting approach to make it that close. He scored 3@39 – but at 36 mph – to put up his June best score of 111 buoys, tying Dave’s score of 3@41 at 34 mph. Unfortunately for Ben his second-highest score of June – 3@38, 36 mph – was not enough to top Dave’s back-up of 2@41, 34mph, so, Dave advances.
Another high seed who resorted to a tiebreaker score to advance was No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, who needed two scores of 2@41 on the VERY LAST DAY OF JUNE to tie No. 12 Tim Huston, who also got 2@41. Jeremy won the tiebreaker, 2@41 to 0.5@38 for Tim.
One upset that did take place was No. 13 Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach. Todd scored 1@41 to beat Jay’s 3@39, although Jay’s tournament schedule in June was unusually light due to a family vacation.
The rest of the field went according to seeds:
No. 2 Greg Badal faced a tough test from No. 15 Chet Raley, but emerged with a 3@41 to 1@41 win;
No. 3 Regina Jaquess also faced a stiff challenge from No. 14 Jeff Milford, but won 1.5@41 to 0.5@41;
No. 6 Chad Scott scored 2@41 to take down No. 11 Marc Shaw, who only managed 3@39 as one of his best opportunities in June – the France Big Dawg stop – turned sour after his ski didn’t arrive in time for the tournament;
No. 7 Kevin Bishop took out the event’s youngest skier, No. 10 Brooke Baldwin, 1.5@41 to 2@39;
No. 8 Kyle Tate had a great score of 2@41 to advance past No. 9 Greg Sund, who did not post a score in June due to injury.
That sets up the following Round 2 matches:
No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 8 Kyle Tate
No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 7 Kevin Bishop
No. 3 Regina Jaquess vs. No. 6 Chad Scott
No. 13 Todd Kuykendall vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci
Of the 385 brackets submitted in the online fan contest, only seven brackets remain perfect. An additional 75 only have one blemish on their bracket.
View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.