U.S. team wins gold medal

U.S. team wins gold medal

Follow-up to Sept. 15-21 Source article on Kelly Zoellner

Three cheers for USA. At the Sept. 14-18 2016 Water Ski World Championships held at the Seseña Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain, the U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal. Twenty-six of those competing athletes combined to earn a total of 40 individual medals at the biennial event, including 14 gold medals, in respective events at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships. The United States tallied 12,239.46 points in winning the gold medal, with silver earned by France with 10,228.02 points and bronze by Canada with 9,721.30 points.

Athletes and teams from 28 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake. Members of the 2016 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team were: John Burris (West Point, Miss.), Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), Renee Jaquess (Miramar Beach, Fla.), Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), Tony Knight (Jacksonville, Fla.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) and Kelly Zoellner (Jacksonville, Ill.). The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee selected the team earlier this summer based on qualifications criteria previously approved by the American Water Ski Association’s board of directors. Christy Kingsmill (Roselle, Ill.) was the team manager for the U.S. contingent. Zoellner won the gold medal in Over 35 Women jumping (130 feet).

Fifty-five U.S. athletes also competed as independents. For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/16IWWF02/.

About USA Water Ski: USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States.

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