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Q&A with Womens 9 National Champion Shirley Coble

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Womens 9 National Champion Shirley Coble, who is well known as the matriarch of one of water skiing’s most storied families and competed in her 33rd Nationals this year.

GOODE recently chatted with Shirley about the thrill of winning a National title, her approach heading into this year’s events and why she skis.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Shirley: I have been skiing for 56 years and have never missed a season. My husband taught me to ski at age 20.

GOODE: For the readers out there who might not already know, where, and with whom, do you do most of your training?
Shirley: All of my training is done at Coble Water Ski School with my daughter, April, as my coach and her husband, Chris, as my boat driver. I have a perfect setup for training so I have no excuse not to ski well.

GOODE: How many National titles have you won?
Shirley: This is my first National title! I have gotten the silver and bronze medals many times but this is my first National title.

GOODE: What does it feel like to have won?
Shirley: It is a great feeling to be a national champion at age 76.

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Shirley: I have a routine training schedule. I normally ski three days in a row and then take the next day off. I never ski the day before a tournament. This has always worked well for me, especially as I get older.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Shirley: My favorite highlights in my skiing career have been qualifying to ski in multiple Senior Worlds since the Over 65 division was created in 2014. The first one was held at Jack Travers’ in 2014 and I tied for the silver medal but received the bronze because the other skier had a better backup score. I skied in my second Senior Worlds in 2016 in Madrid, Spain, and came in fourth. But the biggest highlight of my career was the last Senior Worlds in Santiago, Chile in 2018 where I placed fourth again. I was 74 years old and had to ski against skiers much younger than me like Cindy Benzel, whom I was honored to ski with. I was the oldest female skier and was as happy as if I had won. Cherished memories.

GOODE: Why do you ski?
Shirley: I personally think water skiing is the best sport a person can do as it is a total workout mentally and physically. It will definitely keep you in shape and is good cardio therapy. It also provides the opportunity for someone to ski as long as they wish and be able to compete in an age division. I have never missed a season since I started skiing at the age of 20.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Shirley: I think water skiing is one of the best family sports anyone could have. It keeps a family close and the children always want to invite friends to come ski with them. Also, the atmosphere of fresh air and water is conducive to good health.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Shirley: First, my husband, Gary, as he taught me to ski. However, the most important person to my skiing success is my daughter, April. She is very protective of me and ensures that all my equipment is good, that weather conditions for training are acceptable and that I don’t over train and get injured. She is responsible for my long tenure in this great sport.

GOODE: Anything else you would like to add?
Shirley: I would like to say that I sincerely appreciate the contributions that the Goode family has given to the sport of water skiing for so many years. I would also like to wish Dawn the very best in her future operations of the company.

GOODE Skiers claim 4 golds, more than half of all slalom medals awarded at 35+ Worlds

The 2018 tournament season ended on a high note for Team GOODE as four of eight slalom golds and more than half of all slalom medals awarded at the 2018 35+ Water Ski World Championships were won by skiers riding GOODEs. The championships took place from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernado, Chile.

Highlights of the tournament included podium sweeps in 35+ Women , 45+ Men and a 1-5 sweep of 55+ Men .

In the team event, the United States took home the gold with 14,908.94 points, while Great Britain (12,033.36) and Germany (11,125.96) finished second and third, respectively.

For full results, click here.

Editor’s note: It’s difficult to track skiers from across the globe over the course of six days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.

14 GOODE skiers win slalom titles at GOODE Nationals

GOODE skiers once again dominated the gold medal count at a Nationals as 14 slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – were won on GOODEs at last week’s 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.

Winning national slalom titles were:

  • Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin
  • Womens 1 – Ruth McCreary
  • Womens 2 – Keri McClure
  • Womens 3 – Lauren Malitz
  • Womens 4 – Stephanie Stange
  • Womens 5 – Joy Kelley
  • Womens 6 – Janie Fausold
  • Womens 9 – Pat Fischer
  • Mens 1 – Chris Kuykendall
  • Mens 3 – Barton Rachwal
  • Mens 4 – Chad Scott
  • Mens 5 – Greg Sund
  • Mens 6 – Steve Ware
  • Mens 7 – Steve Raphael

Additional highlights of the week included:

  • A Team GOODE sweep of Mens 5 as champion Greg Sund was joined on the podium by Todd Kuykendall (2nd), Jeff Nate (3rd), Tim Huston (4th), and Michael Robinson (5th). Greg, Todd and Jeff all tied for first with 3 at 39 off, with Greg winning the run off;
  • Junior Team member Kristen Baldwin finishing second behind her sister, Brooke, her first year in Girls 3;
  • GOODE skiers taking the top-four spots in Mens 6: Steve Ware (1st), Steve Binkley (2nd), Ted McColley (3rd), and Jack Mills (4th);
  • Back-to-back titles for Brooke, Steve Ware, Steve Raphael, and Stephanie Stange;
  • Two child/parent duos earning gold and silver medals as the Kuykendalls (father Todd and son Chris) and McCrearys (father Joe and daughter Ruth) each had a child finish first and parent finish second in their respective divisions; and,
  • Podium finishes by Luka Zazadze (Boys 1 – 4th), Griffin Stange (Boys 3 – 3rd), Blake Keller (Boys 3 – 4th), Landrie McLain (Girls 1 – 2nd), Ali Garcia (Girls 3 – 4th), Steve Grubbs (Mens 3 – 5th), Joe McCreary (Mens 4 – 2nd), Dennis Longo (Mens 8 – 4th), Bob Hardeman (Mens 8 – 5th), Greg Badal (Masters Men – 2nd), Trish Burt (Masters Women – 2nd), Brian Detrick (Open Men – 3rd), Ben Favret (Open Men – 5th), Megan Lambert (Womens 1 – 5th), Lori Krueger (Womens 4 – 2nd), Carol Brooks (Womens 5 – 2nd), and Shirley Coble (Womens 8 – 3rd).

For full results, click here.

It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of four days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.