The completion of the 19th World Cup Stop in Northern Ireland last weekend was the last of 2007 for Waterskiers. Two more Stops remain for Wakeboarders in Singapore on September 22nd and 23rd and in Doha, Qatar, on November 3rd.
Taking the season title is never easy. Different climates, varying conditions, long hours at Airports and in the air, all take their toll. Only the very strongest and most talented athletes rise to the top. Athletes from fifteen countries competed. Bob Corson, Executive Board Member of the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF), has announced the 2007 overall World Cup winners and here are the details.
Natalie Hamrick Halt (USA) – Born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, and lives in Switzerland, started skiing at the age of seven, 1994 Junior World Slalom Champion, 2003 National Slalom Champion USA, ranked IWSF No.1 in the World, won World Cup Stops in 2006 and 2007 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
Mandy Nightingale (USA) – Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, USA, started skiing at the age of three, played Basketball at the University of Colorado, drafted to the NBA, broke the 1999 World Shortboard Record last year with a score of 8740 points, won the 2007 World Cup Stops in Dubna, Russia and in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE) – born in Athens, Greece, trains at KLI in Ravenna, Italy, World Jump Champion 2005 / 2007, ranked IWSF No.1 in the World, won the Enniskillen World Cup Stop in 2005 and 2006 and Dubna, Russia Stop in 2007 and Moomba Masters 2007 Jump title.
During the final Waterski World Cup Stop of 2007 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, when the official MasterCraft boat drove the World Cup Slalom Champion, Glen Campbell, through the Slalom course, the recently invented dynamic AgonyEye Meter showed that he pulled a record load of 550 lbs / 250 kilos while rounding the buoys. In Weighlifting terms, the USA National Masters record in the Clean & Jerk section for the heaviest lifters is 181 kilos (held by Jason Atkinson). These Slalom skiers are extreme athletes by any standards.
Kuno Ritschard, IWSF President, congratulated all international competitors in the 2007 Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series and in particular the 2007 Overall Waterski winners.
photos Janos Schmidt