As a proud sponsor of the 2006 Waterski World Cup Series, MasterCraft is pleased to announce that three of their athletes won major cup titles. The season overall winners of the 2006 World Cup were confirmed and publicized last week by the International Waterski Federation:
Mandy Nightingale - 2006 World Cup Shortboard Winner and World Record Breaker
While displaying her superior shortboarding skills, as well a being a main contributor to the Ladies total points increase from 7690 points to 8530 points, Mandy Nightingale (MasterCraft – USA) claimed this year’s World Cup title. Nightingale, from Sapulpa, Oklahoma, started skiing at the age of three, played Basketball at the University of Colorado and was drafted to the WNBA. She trains at Utopia Lake in San Marcos, Texas.
In addition to the 2006 World Cup title, the International Water Ski Federation's Technical Committee also announced last week that it has officially ratified Nightingale's pending Women's world tricks record of 8,740 points. Former U.S. athlete Tawn Larsen-Hahn has held the record of 8,630 points since 1999. Nightingale set the new mark at the Pickos International Cup on June 10-11, in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
MasterCraft Team Event Manager, Aarne Clow stated, “We always knew that Mandy had the athletic ability to beat this long standing record…it was just a matter of time”. “We are so proud of her and congratulate her on this world record accomplishment”.
Jodi Fisher – 2006 World Cup Slalom Winner
Jodi Fisher (MasterCraft - GBR) won the Slalom title for the 2006 World Cup series. Strong performances in Russia and Northern Ireland proved him to be unbeatable. As this was Fisher’s second World Cup Slalom overall title, he has certainly established himself as the best in the world. He was born close to Sherwood Forest in the North of England and runs his own successful Ski School in Orlando, Florida. His Waterski career started at the age of seven.
Freddy Krueger – 2006 World Cup Jump Winner
Freddy Krueger (MasterCraft - USA) took first place in both the Russia and Northern Ireland World Cup stops. In fact while on the green island, Krueger set a new Irish Allcomers Record with an impressive 68.2m jump. The 224 points overall lead was a clear victory for the athlete from Winter Garden, Florida. Born in Decatur, Illinois, Krueger began his career at the age of three. He is a four time World Record holder, four time Masters Champion in the USA and three time US Open Champion.
WORLD CUP 2006 WATERSKI WINNERS
SHORTBOARD - LADIES
1. Mandy Nightingale (USA)
2. Clementine Lucine (FRA)
3. Danyelle Bennett (USA)
4. Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE) SHORTBOARD – MEN
1. Nicolas LeForestier (FRA)
2. Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR)
3. Jaret Llewellyn (CAN)
4. Oleg Deviatovski (BLR) SLALOM – LADIES
1. Sarah Green (GBR)
2. Clementine Lucine (FRA)
3. Karen Truelove (USA)
4. Natalie Hamrick (USA) SLALOM – MEN
1. Jodi Fisher (GBR)
2. Jamie Beauchesne (USA)
3. Aaron Larkin (NZL)
4. Drew Ross (CAN) JUMP – LADIES
1. June Fladborg (DEN)
2. Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE)
3. Clementine Lucine (FRA)
4. Jaklyn Hunter (GBR) JUMP – MEN
1. Freddy Krueger (USA)
2. Jaret Llewellyn (CAN)
3. Ryan Fitts (USA)
4. Sebastien DiPasqua (SUI)
Congratulations to all of the Athletes!
This was by far the most successful World Cup season to date. Vast numbers of spectators, wider TV coverage, oversubscribed entry lists at all venues, greater performances from all the athletes involved, plus a host of committed Sponsors...all combined to create a spectacular series. The plans for the 2007 Waterski World Cup are currently in advanced stages and further expansion is anticipated.
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