The Mad-City Ski Team is competing at the National Show Ski Tournament this coming weekend at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, Illinois (near Rockford). The tournament features 14 teams from around the nation.
Mad-City will take to the water at approximately 9am on Saturday morning and will have one hour to perform our water ski show which features barefooting, human pyramids, doubles, trios, ballet, free style jumping and swivel skiing. The team has won the National Champioinship the past three years in a row and four of the five last years (Championships in 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008).
For people not able to make it to Shorewood Park on Saturday morning for our show, the entire tournament will be webcast by a collobaration of USA Water Ski and the US Olympic Committee. The webcast can be viewed here (the link will start working at 730a on Saturday.)
The team also has members competing in the individual competitions taking place on Friday at the tournament. Ann Tieman will be competing in the swivel competition, Carly Cates and Paul O’Connor are competing in the doubles competition, our Jump Team is competing in the team jump competition and both Paul O’Connor and Dan Benz are competing in the free style jump competition.
You can check out more details regarding the tournament in these two documents. They contain all of teams and indivuals competing, including the running order:
The tournament results will be announced late Sunday afternoon, probably between 5 and 6pm. A highlight clip of our ski show, similar to our state clip mentioned below, should be ready sometime late in the afternoon on Monday.
In July at the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament, the team took 1st place for the 4th consecutive year giving us five state championships in the past six years (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009). At the tournament, the team was recognized for having the best ballet act, jump act, pick up boat drivers, dock & equipment personnel, audio presentation and most outstanding female skier (Kristen Block). You can view a short highlight clip of our State Championship show below: