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U.S. 'Footers Earn Medals At 2018 Worlds

U.S. athlete Lexi McCauley won gold medals in girls’ slalom (14.20 points), tricks (6,800 points) and overall (2,950.0 points) at the 2018 Junior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, and earned bronze medals in women’s tricks and overall in the 2018 Elite Barefoot Water Ski World Championships.The U.S. Junior Barefoot Water Ski Team and U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team each won respective overall team gold medals and the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal at the 2018 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 12-18, at Dream Lake in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. For the seventh consecutive time, the biennial Elite (Open) Barefoot Water Ski World Championships was held simultaneously with the biennial Junior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships and Senior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The seven-day event featured more than 100 athletes from 12 countries. The Elite Barefoot Worlds took place for the 21st time, while the Junior Barefoot Worlds was held for the 13th time and the Senior Barefoot Worlds commenced for the 11th time.

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27 Athletes Win National Barefoot Titles

Keith St. Onge won his 13th consecutive national overall title. Photography by Scott N. AtkinsonTwenty-seven athletes won titles at the 41st annual Footin.com Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, presented by Visit Central Florida, July 26-29, at Action Water Sports’ Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. More than 60 barefooters competed in respective divisions for titles in wake slalom, tricks, jumping and overall during the four-day event. The wake slalom event consisted of athletes crossing the boat wake as many times as possible in two 15-second passes (one pass in the forward position and one pass in the backward position). Tricks competitors performed as many tricks as possible in two 15-second passes. Jumpers, who were each allowed three attempts, went for distance while leaping off an 18-inch ramp.

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