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Water skiing and wakeboarding at the Pan American Games have been a tug-of-war between two countries throughout the competition’s history. Team USA has won the medal count twice – in 1999 and 2003.

This year, Team USA is striving to reclaim its position atop the medal table at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Six of the nation’s best water ski and wakeboard athletes will compete at Laguna Bujama in Lima from Saturday, July 27 through Tuesday, July 30. The coach-student duo of Andrew Adkison and Mary Morgan Howell will represent Team USA in wakeboarding, while Taylor Garcia, Regina Jaquess, Erika Lang and Adam Pickos will compete in water skiing.

Adkison, 37, is returning to the Pan American Games for the first time since his gold-medal performance at the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. A three-time world champion in wakeboarding, he also coaches many of the sport’s up-and-coming athletes.

Howell, 16, is one of Adkison’s students, and she will make her Pan American Games debut in Lima. She qualified for her first Pan American Games after winning the 2018 Pan American Wakeboard Championships in Chapala, Mexico.

Garcia, 21, will also be making his Pan American Games debut in Lima. He earned a bronze medal in men’s jumping at the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships and is the two-time defending men’s national collegiate jumping champion.

Jaquess, 35, is a four-time Pan American Games competitor in water skiing. She has won 13 medals in Pan American Games competition, the most among U.S. athletes in the sport’s history. She also owns Pan American Games records in women’s slalom, jumping and overall, and she is the current world record holder in women’s slalom.

Lang, 23, who will be competing in her second Pan American Games, earned bronze medals at the 2015 Pan American Games in women’s slalom and tricks. She is the Pan American Games record holder and world record holder in women’s tricks.

Pickos, 27, will also be competing in his second Pan American Games. He won a gold medal in men’s tricks at the 2015 Pan American Games, establishing a new Pan American Games men’s tricks record of 11,110 points.

Team USA water ski athletes were selected based on qualifying scores between May 2018 and May 2019. Wakeboard athletes qualified for the team following their performances at the 2018 Pan American Wakeboard Championships.