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Q&A with U.S. Open slalom champ Adam Sedlmajer

Two-time World Overall Champion Adam Sedlmajer picked up a major career milestone earlier this fall by winning the Men’s slalom title at the U.S. Open, topping a tough field in the process.

GOODE Skis recently caught up with Adam to talk about the big win, how it changes the way he views slalom and his return to Team GOODE.

You are probably best known in water skiing as a two-time World Overall champion. Do you think this win will change how people view you and your skiing?

I am not sure that one win can change that, but I think maybe people will think of me more as a slalom skier and podium contender.

Does it change how you view slalom?

Slalom has always been my strongest event and one that I commit more time to. I know I still have room to improve and have been shifting more towards slaloming lately. Overall is cool, but slalom is the way to go for me.

Your winning score of 3 at 41 is a huge score, but you were second off the dock in the finals with a pretty stacked field to follow. What was your immediate thought about that score, and how did it feel as skier after skier failed to match it?

The whole weekend was an emotional roller coaster. Skiing on Friday not knowing whether I’d be in the finals due to the rain delays. Then I almost ended up in a run off, and with Will going down around one ball I made it into the finals with Martin without the need of a run off. The finals were crazy too. I knew that 3 at 41 off was a solid score that could put me on a podium, but my back-up score wasn’t so great, so there was some doubt. Watching everyone skiing was definitely not easy, especially since everyone ran 39 off. Lots of emotions, especially at the end.

About a week before the U.S. Open you took a bad jump crash, knocking you out of jump and overall at the U.S. Open. How did that affect your slalom training leading up to the event?

I took a couple of days off and took my first slalom ride the Tuesday before the event. After running two passes I had to go in because my neck was still very sore from the whiplash. My next set of the week was the preliminary round. But I honestly believe it helped me relax and just focus on the keys I’ve been working on the whole season. Sometimes things happen for a reason and I am glad it worked out.

You were on Team GOODE a few years back but migrated to another brand for awhile. But this year you came back. What motivated you to start slaloming on GOODEs again?

Things just weren’t as consistent as I wanted them to be. Especially before the Worlds last year. So I decided to kind of reinvent myself this year by going back to the basics and back to the things I knew worked in the past.

How does ending the year with a big win like this change your outlook heading into the 2017 season?

I think it just makes me very excited about skiing in general and quite frankly I am little upset it’s the end of the year. I am hungry for more and can’t wait to tackle things in the offseason and hopefully keep the mojo going through the Moomba Masters next year.

What are your plans for the offseason?

I am getting married in December, so things will be a little hectic. But mostly I will focus on healing my body, having fun and cross-training for next season.

Adam Sedlmajer claims U.S. Open Men’s slalom title

As a two-time world overall champion, Team GOODE’s Adam Sedlmajer is best known for his three-event prowess.  But after last weekend, he’s now also known for something else: being the 2016 U.S. Open Men’s Slalom champion.

The seventh seed heading into the finals, Adam put the pressure on the higher-seeded skiers with a huge score of 3 buoys at 41 off, then waited to see if it would stand up.

“I knew that 3 at 41 was a solid score that could put me on a podium, but my back up score wasn’t so great so there was a bit of doubt,” said Adam.  “Watching everyone ski was definitely not easy especially since everyone ran 39 off. Lots of emotions, especially at the end.”

The win was secured for Adam when top-seed Nate Smith fell just short with 2-1/2 buoys at 41, good enough for second.

Team GOODE took two of the top-three spots as Martin Bartalsky finished third with 2 at 41, marking his first ever professional slalom podium.

In Women’s slalom, Regina Jaquess was unable to keep her 28-month pro winning streak alive, finishing second behind champion Whitney McClintock by three-quarters of a buoy.  While Regina does not take losing lightly, she can at least take solace in her third-consecutive U.S. Open Women’s Overall title.

Team GOODE placed four skiers in the Women’s slalom finals, with Brooke Baldwin finishing just off the podium in 4th, Clementine Lucine 5th and Breanne Dodd 6th.

For complete results, visit waterskiresults.com.

U.S. Open/Big Dawg Finals kick off tomorrow at Okeeheelee

The last major tournament weekend of the year begins tomorrow as the U.S. Open of Water Skiing and the Big Dawg World Finals kick off at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Taking advantage of Okeeheelee’s multi-lake set up, Friday’s competition includes the first two rounds of the Big Dawg Finals, as well as the U.S. Open’s preliminary slalom, jumping and tricks rounds.

Saturday morning the Big Dawg Sweet 16 will be trimmed down to eight skiers, while beginning at 10 a.m. the tricks, slalom and jumping U.S. Open semis and finals will take place. The day will wrap up under the lights of the east/west lake with the Big Dawg Elite 8.

Click here for the schedule of events and here for the U.S. Open running orders.  The final rounds of the U.S. Open and the Sweet 16 of the Big Dawg World Tour will be broadcast live via webcast at nautique.com.

Among the favorites to win the U.S. Open Women’s slalom title are Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess, Clementine Lucine, Breanne Dodd, Karen Truelove, Kate Adriaensen, and Brooke Baldwin. Team GOODE skiers looking to take home the U.S. Open Men’s slalom championship include Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko, Benjamin Stadlbaur, Adam Sedlmajer, Brian Detrick, Martin Bartalsky, Felipe Miranda, and Dorien Llewellyn.

And Team GOODE will be well represented in the Big Dawg finals, with eight of the top 10 qualifiers: Chad Scott, Greg Sund, Dave Miller, Greg Badal, Frederic Halt, Jay Leach, Tim Huston, and Bruce Dodd.

Regina Named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Month

After winning slalom and overall titles at the 2015 U.S. Open, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has been named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Month for October.

From USA Water Ski:

Jaquess won the women’s slalom and overall titles for the second consecutive year at the 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, Oct. 22-24, in Orlando, Fla. She was the only athlete to advance to the finals in slalom, tricks and jumping. She won her fifth career U.S. Open overall title after achieving scores of a ½ buoy at 41 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 8,470 points in tricks (both rounds) and 171 feet in jumping (final round). She won her fourth career U.S. Open women’s slalom title by scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. She also placed runner-up in jumping and third in tricks.

Full story here.

Regina Repeats, GOODE Skiers claim three of Big Dawg Final Four

In a year of successfully defended titles and winning streaks, Regina Jaquess added another major water ski title to her 2015 season today in Orlando as she won her second-straight U.S. Open Women’s slalom title.

Heading into the final round as the second seed behind No. 1 seed Whitney McClintock, Regina emerged on top of a finals field that included her fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine (third) and Brooke Baldwin (fifth).  Regina’s win extends her pro tournament unbeaten streak to 16 months and certainly makes her the favorite heading into next month’s World Championships in Mexico.

Brooke’s top-5 finish in one of the year’s premiere events is another significant milestone in the 14-year old’s breakout first season competing in the pro ranks, after netting her first pro podium earlier this summer at the Swiss Slalom Pro.

In the Big Dawg World Tour Finals held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, three of the Final Four spots were taken by GOODE skiers, as were 11 of the Sweet 16. In the end, Jeff Rodgers edged Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, 3 buoys on the four-ball course to Ben’s 2 at 41. GOODE skiers Tim Huston and Todd Johnson faced off against each other to decide third place, with Tim’s 2 at 39 off ultimately beating Todd by a half buoy.

The 2014 season by the numbers

As Frank Sinatra once sang, it was a very good year …

How great of a year was it for Team GOODE? Take a look at our 2014 by the numbers:

75 

Percentage of 35+ World slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

MastersMalibu OpenMoomba and U.S. Open victories

3.25

at 41 off, Regina’s latest world record

55

Percentage of U.S. National slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

Buoys Cooper Tate improved the Boys 1 U.S. National Record by

3

Buoys Brooke Baldwin improved the Girls 2 U.S. National record by

#teamGOODE skiers in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings

5,000

Dollars won by Michael Robinson for picking the perfect GOODE Bracket Challenge bracket

1

The ranking of Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF World Rankings List

2

Big Dawg Tour stop victories

18

Consecutive years a GOODE has held a world slalom record

Unlimited

Designs possible with GOODE’s new custom graphic capabilities

 

U.S. Open returns this weekend

After a seven-year hiatus, the U.S. Open returns to the water this weekend in Central Florida.

The Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing – featuring slalom, tricks and jumping – kicks off Thursday with two days of preliminary round action at Grew Lake, adjacent to USA Water Ski headquarters in Polk City.

Saturday’s finals will be held on Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando.

Team GOODE athletes expected to compete include: Thomas Degasperi, Regina Jaquess, Chris Parrish, April Coble-Eller, Karen Truelove, Nick Parsons, Carlo Allais, Erika Lang, Lauren Morgan, and Benjamin Stadlbaur.

For more information, including schedule, running order and the webcast of Saturday’s final, visit nautique.com/usopen. For live scoring (including the preliminaries), click here.

GOODE skiers sweep boys slalom at Junior U.S. Open

Dane Mechler (image courtesy of the Ohio Water Ski Association)
Dane Mechler (image courtesy of the Ohio Water Ski Association)

Skiers on GOODEs swept the Boys slalom competition at the 12th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, as Dane Mechler, Nick Lang and Wyatt Haines took first, second and third, respectively.

Dane scored 2 buoys at 38-feet off to claim the title, while Nick and Wyatt rounded 5 and 4 buoys at 35-feet off.  Daniel Di Pol, also skiing on a GOODE, took fourth place with a score of 1-1/2 at 35-feet off.

The two-day tournament, which took place at Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill., featured Men and Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under) in slalom, tricks and jumping.