U.S. Teams Medal At Ski Racing Worlds

Sept. 19, 2011, 11 a.m. (ET)
Two of three U.S. water ski racing teams and five U.S. athletes earned medals at the 17th Water Ski Racing World Championships, Sept. 6-18, in Queensland, Australia. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Racing Team, the U.S. Formula 2 Water Ski Racing Team and the U.S. Junior Water Ski Racing Team participated in the four-race biennial event that included four rounds of competition.

Water ski racing athletes from eight countries competed in six divisions – Men's Open, Women's Open, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Men's Formula 2 and Women's Formula 2 – for world titles at the event. Men's Open and Men's Formula 2 competitors raced for 1 hour, plus 1 lap; Women's Open and Women's Formula 2 competitors raced for 45 minutes, plus 1 lap; and Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' competitors raced for 30 minutes, plus 1 lap. Final overall placements were determined from the athletes' three best rounds.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Racing Team earned the silver medal, tallying 9,758.96 points. Australia won the gold medal with 14,997.51 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 4,428.08 points. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Racing Team consisted of Troy Hooker (Torrance, Calif.), Erin Saunders (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Katelin Wendt (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

Wendt won the Women's Open gold medal, becoming the first U.S. water ski racing athlete to win the Women’s Open gold medal since Debbie Nordblad in 1991. Saunders earned the Women's Open silver medal. Hooker earned the Men’s Open bronze medal.

The U.S. Formula 2 Water Ski Racing Team earned the silver medal, tallying 14,704.18 points. Australia won the gold medal with 15,869.94 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 10,502.91 points. The U.S. Formula 2 Water Ski Racing Team consisted of Andy Anderson (Corona, Calif.), Lori Dunsmore (Boulder City, Nev.), Cameron King (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Jordan King (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Cheryl Ruston (La Palma, Calif.) and Dawn Wallace (Belvedere Tiburon, Calif.).

Anderson earned the Formula 2 Men's bronze medal. Cameron King and Jordan King placed seventh and 13th, respectively. Wallace, Dunsmore and Ruston placed sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively, in Formula 2 Women.

The U.S. Junior Water Ski Racing Team placed fourth, tallying 6,177.17 points. Australia won the gold medal with 15,784.89 points, New Zealand earned the silver medal with 7,034.77 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 6,266.02 points. The U.S. Junior Water Ski Racing Team consisted of Deke Douty (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Trevor Wendt (Huntington Beach, Calif.). Wendt earned the bronze medal in Junior Boys and Douty placed seventh in Junior Boys.

Australia's Chris Stout won the Men's Open gold medal, becoming the first water ski racing athlete to ever win world titles in Junior Boys, Formula 2 Men and Men's Open. Australia's Peter Procter earned the silver medal. Austria's Kathrin Ortlieb earned the bronze medal in Women's Open.

Australia's Grant Turner won the gold medal in Formula 2 Men. Australia's Mark Weaver earned the silver medal. Australia's Leanne Campbell won the gold medal in Formula 2 Women. Australia's Trudi Stout earned the silver medal and Austria's Katharina Hebenstreit earned the bronze medal.

Australia's Jack Houston won the Junior Boys’ gold medal for the second consecutive time, becoming the first water ski racing athlete to accomplish that feat. Australia's Lloyd Woolman earned the silver medal. Australia's Kelsey Feros won the gold medal in Junior Girls. Belgium's Yolien Bormans, the 2009 gold medalist, earned the silver medal. Australia's Tayla Wright earned the bronze medal.

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