When you go undefeated in pro tournaments and take home two gold medals at the World Championships , you’ve got a pretty strong case for end-of-the year accolades. Just ask Regina Jaquess, who achieved both on her way to being named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the year for the fourth-consecutive year.
From USA Water Ski:
This marks the fourth consecutive and ninth time in her career that Jaquess has been selected USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year. She won slalom titles at the Masters, Swiss Pro Slalom, Malibu Cup, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Malibu Open, California Pro Am, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships. Jaquess won jumping titles at the Pan American Games and Nationals, and she won overall titles at the Pan American Games, Nationals, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships, becoming the only female to win four career world overall titles.
Friend of GOODE Skis Freddy Krueger was named Male Athlete of the Year, while GOODE skier Lori Krueger-Covington was named USA Water Ski Coach of the Year for her work with the 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team.
Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess and Freddie Winter have been named BallofSpray’s Female and Breakout skiers of the year, respectively.
In giving Regina the award, BOS cited her domination in the slalom course in 2013:
Jaquess won every slalom event that she entered in 2013 and was once again standing at the top of the podium as she clinched not only the slalom title at the World Championships but also a new World Championship record of 1 @ 41off.
BOS also highlighted her all-around skiing abilities, which were capped with a world title in Women’s overall and top-5 finishes in tricks and jumping in several events throughout the year.
Freddie’s quick ascension to the upper ranks of the slalom world did not go unnoticed by BOS, which pointed to his 10-spot jump in the IWWF world rankings list, second-place finish at the Europeans and his huge score of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals as supporting evidence of his breakout year.
But of course, BOS considered his performance at the World Championships as the moment most worthy of the award:
… his moment of true glory came in 2013 at his first World Championships. Seeded 9th in the prelims, Winter impressively swerved his way into the finals and finished the event by taking home the bronze medal.
Additional skiers honored by BOS were Nate Smith (Male Skier of the Year), Erika Lang (Female Junior Skier of the Year) and Josh Briant (Male Junior Skier of the Year). For more details, visit BallofSpray.com.