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.
As if to put an exclamation mark on another dominating season, Regina Jaquess set a new pending world record at this weekend’s Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.
Riding the 2017 Nano One, Regina scored 3-1/2 buys at 41-feet off to top her own current mark by a quarter buoy.
If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, it will be her seventh world slalom record, her first coming in 2009.
Less than a month after the American Water Ski Association approved her tie of the Girls 3 national slalom record, Brooke Baldwin upped the record by three full buoys and in the process became the youngest female skier ever – by a large margin – to run 39 off.
Brooke scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off at Saturday’s Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., to set a new pending Girls 3 record and become the eighth female ever to run 39 in a sanctioned tournament.
At 16 years old, it is believed that Brooke beat the previous “youngest ever” into 41 off mark by more than five years.
French pro Ambre Franc admits that at the beginning of the 2016 season, something was “missing.” Well, after a strong finish that saw her claim a University Worlds title and land a No. 3 ranking in Europe and No. 8 in the world, it’s safe to say she found “it.”
We recently had the chance to talk with Ambre about her year, the big win in Japan and what finally clicked in 2016.
How did you get your start in the sport?
Water skiing has always been a family sport. My mother and aunt were both on the French national team for years, and my uncle held some European records for a while. I finally tried around ten and never looked back. I really enjoyed it and had the opportunity to train in Florida with some great skiers. Of course, I was late compared to other kids my age, so I had to train harder than others, but it was worth it.
Where do you live and train today?
After three years in Florida studying at Florida Southern College, where I was able to ski every day anytime I wanted, I decided to come back to Paris to start Nutrition School. I now train during the week in Gravon on my uncle’s lake, Aqu’aventure, and on weekends I usually ski with Vincent Soubiron in Toulouse.
You are part of a growing number of foreign athletes coming to the U.S. to ski on collegiate teams. What was your experience like at Florida Southern College, in particular, and in the U.S. in general?
Living abroad was a wonderful experience. Facilities for athletes are incredible, especially for water skiers. I enjoyed the whole life over there. Being able to study, train and represent my University was a very rewarding experience.
Last month in Japan you the University World Championships. How special was that to you?
That is obviously a great achievement that I’m really proud of. Especially since the beginning of my season was so disappointing. Fortunately, I found what I was missing around May: a ski that suits me. The RéV 6 really got me back on track and allowed me to recover my confidence behind the boat. I managed to get a new PB of 3 at 39 twice in a row. The win in Japan was the confirmation of my recovery on that ski, not only because winning always feels special, but this tournament only happens every four years, so it’s a hard title to get.
Who has been inspirational to your success?
My whole entourage has been helpful in my success: my family, friends, boyfriend and coaches. This summer was particularly long with this University Worlds in mid-September, including weeks away from home, switching hotels, lakes, boats and so on. Having people around me to keep me on track was important to me.
What was the most beneficial thing you ever did for your skiing?
Finding a balance between skiing, training, working out, school, family and time with friends.
What are your goals in the sport?
Professional events are becoming more important to me lately, but a European or World title is still the target for me.
How about in life?
I recently started Nutrition school because I want to become a certified nutritionist so I can work with athletes as well as people with diseases like cancer.
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.
GOODE skiers once again dominated slalom at the 35+ World Water Ski Championships, claiming four of eight slalom gold medals (50%) and 14 of 24 total slalom medals (58%) awarded during the 2016 version of the biennial event, held last weekend at the Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Sesena, Spain.
The weekend was punctuated by GOODE medal sweeps in two divisions: Women’s 55+ and Men’s 45+.
Joy Kelley successfully defended her 2014 title by taking the 55+ crown, with fellow GOODE skiers Carol Brooks and Janie Fausold earning silver and bronze medals.
And in perhaps the most competitive event of the championships, Jeremy Newby-Ricci edged fellow GOODE skiers Greg Badal (2nd) and Dave Miller (3rd) to take the Men’s 45+ slalom title. GOODE skier Jeff Milford was close behind in fourth.
Two more medal sweeps nearly took place in Women’s 35+ and 45+.
In Women’s 35+ GOODE skiers Valerie Jaquier and Mariana Ramirez Abelson finished second and third, respectively, behind gold-medal winner April Coble-Eller. Marie-Helene Lanthier and Kristy Kraus took fourth and fifth to give Team GOODE four of the top-five spots in the division.
And in Women’s 45+, Lori Krueger won her second-consecutive gold medal in the event and GOODE skiers Stephanie Stange and Shannon Strickland finished third and fourth, respectively.
Closing out the Team GOODE gold medals was Steve Raphael, who dominated the Men’s 65+ field with a 3-1/2 buoy-winning margin. GOODE skier Bob Hardeman earned the bronze.
Additional Team GOODE skiers earning top-five placements were: Marie-Helen Lanthier (4th, Women’s 35+), Kristy Kraus (5th, Women’s 35+), Janet Piercy (5th, Women’s 65+), Frederic Halt (2nd, Men’s 35+), Bruce Dodd (3rd, Men’s 55+), Dave Phillips (4th, Men’s 55+), David Bentall (5th, Men’s 55+), and, Dennis Longo (5th, Men’s 65+).
In the team competition, the United States earned the gold with 12,239.46 points. France finished second (10,228.02) and Canada finished third (9,721.30).
Slalom results (GOODE skiers in bold):
Women’s 35+ slalom
1 April Coble Eller 2 Valerie Jaquier 3 Mariana Ramirez Abelson 4 Marie-Helene Lanthier 5 Kristy Kraus
Women’s 45+ slalom 1 Lori Krueger
2 Olga Gubarenko 3 Stephanie Stange 4 Shannon Strickland
5 Jennifer Lapoint
Women’s 55+ slalom 1 Joy Kelley 2 Carol Brooks 3 Janie Fausold
4 Jan Johnson
5 Cristina Medem Segners
It’s difficult to track nearly two hundred skiers over the course of five days of action, so if we failed to include you as a GOODE skier in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second-straight major tournament, Thomas Degasperi and Benjamin Stadlbaur have finished atop the podium.
The Team GOODE skiers repeated their Malibu Open finishing order by placing first and second, respectively, in Men’s slalom at the 2016 European Championships. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas edging Benjamin (6 at 39 to 5 at 39) in the tiebreak to win his sixth career European championship.
Team GOODE skiers took home seven of the top-10 spots in Men’s slalom as Martin Bartlasky finished fifth, Adam Sedlmajer seventh, Daniel Odvarko eighth, Carlo Allais ninth, and Brando Caruso tenth.
In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine added to Team GOODE’s medal haul by finishing second, one buoy behind champion Manon Costard’s winning score of 2 at 39. Recent Team GOODE addition Ambre Franc finished fourth, while Alice Bagnoli joined her in the top-10 with a sixth-place finish.