Four U.S. Water Ski Team members combined to win seven medals in respective events at the XVI Pan American Games, Oct. 20-23, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico. The U.S. Water Ski Team finished with six gold medals and one bronze medal during the four-day competition.
Members of the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team were: Andrew Adkison (Orlando, Fla.), Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.). Mike Meek (Albany, Ohio) and Dave Briscoe (Winter Haven, Fla.) served as the water skiing and wakeboarding coaches, respectively. Frank Harrison (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) was the team leader.
Regina Jaquess led the way for the U.S. Team, winning four medals. She also set four Pan American Games' records and one pending world record. She has now won 10 medals in three Pan American Games' appearances, the most of any U.S. water ski athlete. She won gold medals in women's overall (2,955.71 points), slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and jumping (166 feet/50.6 meters). She earned the bronze medal in women's tricks (6,090 points).
Freddy Krueger won the gold medal in men's jumping with a distance of 212 feet/64.9 meters. Chile's Rodrigo Miranda (212 feet/64.5 meters) and Felipe Miranda (206 feet/62.7 meters) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Krueger earned the top seed for the finals of men's jumping with a Pan American Games-record distance of 221 feet (67.4 meters) in the preliminary round. The distance surpassed the record of 220 feet (67.0 meters) co-held by Krueger (2003) and Canada’s Jaret Llewellyn (2003).
Jon Travers won the gold medal in men's slalom, setting a new Pan American Games' record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off. Canada's Jason McClintock earned the silver medal with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and Mexico's Carlos LaMadrid earned the bronze medal with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
Andrew Adkison won the gold medal in men's wakeboarding, scoring 80.00 points. Brazil's Marcelo Giardi earned the silver medal with 65.90 points and Argentina's Alejo De Palma earned the bronze medal with 65.11 points.
Jaquess earned the top seed for the finals of women's slalom by scoring a Pan American Games' record of 1 buoy at 41 feet off to earn the top seed. The score shattered the mark of 4 buoys at 38 feet off set by Canada's Susi Graham at the 1999 Games. Jaquess upped the record to 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the overall final. Jaquess won the gold medal in women's overall, setting a Pan American Games water ski overall record of 2,955.71 points. Her scores in her respective events of slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off), tricks (8,200 points) and jumping (173 feet/Pan American Games' record) also will be a pending world overall record of 3,033.01 points. The overall figure is calculated differently for each record. The Pan American Games' record is calculated based on her performance against her competitors. The world record is calculated against a baseline figure.
Canada's Whitney McClintock earned the silver medal in overall with 2,809.6 points and Canada's Karen Stevens earned the bronze medal with 1,862.8 points. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Technical Committee, Jaquess' overall score will surpass her own world-record mark of 2,945.85 points set in 2010. McClintock (2,951.95 points), Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava (2,994.56 points) and France's Clementine Lucine (2,971.86 points) also have pending world records currently under review by the IWWF.
Argentina's Javier Julio won the gold medal in men's overall with 2,870.7 points. Chile's Felipe Miranda (2,800.8 points) and Rodrigo Miranda (2,591.1 points) earned the silver medal and bronze medal, respectively. Julio also won the gold medal in men's tricks, scoring 10,140 points. Canada's Jason McClintock earned the silver medal with 9,880 points and Chile's Felipe Miranda earned the bronze medal with 9,430 points. Gay finished fourth with 9,040 points.
Canada's Whitney McClintock won the gold medal in women's tricks, setting a Pan American Games' record 8,390 points. Colombia's Maria Camila Linares earned the silver medal with 7,400 points. McClintock also earned silver medals in women's slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and jumping (166 feet/50.5 meters). Canada's Karen Stevens earned bronze medals in women's slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (135 feet/41.1 meters).
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Pan Am Wakeboard Finals
1. ADKISON Andrew Scott (USA) - 80.00
2. GIARDI Marcelo (BRA) - 65.90
3. DE PALMA Alejo (ARG) - 65.11
4. GARIZURIETA Jorge Enrique (MEX) - 57.34
5. VELEZ Juan Martin (COL) - 45.44
6. BAZAN Jamie Geovanny (ECU) - 38.11
7. HARMSEN Sebastian (PER) - 22.89
8. RATHY Aaron Christopher (CAN) - DSQ