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This past week saw the Mad-City Ski Team in the newspaper two separate times.
On August 1st long time Mad-City member Jeff Taschwer and his family were featured in a Wisconsin State Journal article that chronicled their involvement with the ski team since 1983.
Article => Doug Moe: Ski team, new guy came a long way
Then on August 7th Mad-City was featured in the 77 Square entertainment section that features a great photo gallery of pictures taken at our August 5th show.
Article => Seen: Mad-City Ski Team
Last year, with one of the GoPro camera’s from Jim’s Photos, Jeff Taschwer took to the sky behind one of the team’s boats and flew high above Lake Monona in his kite. Watch the video from last summer to get an entirely new view of the isthmus.
Here’s a little holiday cheer featuring the skiing that took place at Project Snowflake this year!
About Project Snwoflake:
The event is organized and sponsored by Skipper Bud’s with help from the Mad-City Ski Team. On December 4th, the team took to the 34 degree water of Lake Monona to raise money for the American Family Children’s Hospital at the UW Hospital.
A special thank you to all of the businesses that donated items for the fund raiser: UW Athletics, TQ Diamonds, American TV, Best Buy, Bachmann’s, Frank Productions, Euphoria Salon, Oasis Day Spa, Red Tobin, Toby’s, Green Bay Packers, Adam Burish, Cherokee Country Club, Swiss Colony, Doc’s Detail, Zimbrick, Massage Envy, Madison Tanning, Taylor’s Liquor, Prime Quarter Steak House, and Zippo Inc..
For more pictures and video from this year’s event and previous years, click here.
Project Snowflake, held on Saturday, December 4th, was put on by Skipper Buds and the Mad-City Ski Team to raise money for American Family Children’s Hospital at the UW Hospital.
Here some footage from one of our local TV stations, WMTV NBC 15, that was aired on the news that day:
Here’s a video made by one of the water skiers, Tommy Schmidt, from the Beaver Dam Must-Skis that participated in Project Snowflake! It shows some of the “behind the scenes” footage of the skiers.
The Madison newspapers also posted a video on Madison.com.
A special thank you to all of the businesses that donated items for the fund raiser: UW Athletics, TQ Diamonds, American TV, Best Buy, Bachmann’s, Frank Productions, Euphoria Salon, Oasis Day Spa, Red Tobin, Toby’s, Green Bay Packers, Adam Burish, Cherokee Country Club, Swiss Colony, Doc’s Detail, Zimbrick, Massage Envy, Madison Tanning, Taylor’s Liquor, Prime Quarter Steak House, and Zippo Inc.
You can now view the Mad-City Ski Team’s 2009 National Championship show online right here. Just press play below.
For the full results of the 2009 tournament, click here.
In the future, a higher quality version of it will be online, but for now, enjoy.
Watch our Show Director John Ager’s interview with NBC 15 Morning Show Weekend Live from June 20th.
While working on the many show and highlight DVDs this past week (and I’m happy to report I made great progress) I spent a few minutes working on a project that I’ve wanted to work on for quite a while.
For those not in the know, EOD is the Evolution of Dance that Adam (our announcer) has done for a few years. In 2006 he started off with a solo dance using many of the songs our ski team has used through the years, in 2007 he danced with with his co-announcer Matt and in 2008 they did what they (Adam and Matt) called the Evolution of Dance 2.5. In this version, they still danced, but in a completely different way.
Many people have seen EOD 2.5 before, but with the exception of just a couple people, no one has seen it quite like this. Until now, pretty much everyone has only seen the side presented to the audience. Now you can watch Adam and Matt perform EOD 2.5 from a completely new perspective, from behind the curtain.
The 2009 Highlight Video is now available to be viewed online. It comes in at just under 30 minutes, and I’ll guesstimate you’ll see about 1000 or so pictures and some dramatic video in that time span, so grab a bag of popcorn and your favorite beverage of choice, turn up the sound, sit back and enjoy.
The Mad-City Ski Team competed at the 2009 National Water Sk Show Tournament at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, llinois the weekend of August 7-9 with the goal of winning a fourth straight National Championship. Continue reading
Over the weekend of July 16 thru the 19th the Mad-City Ski Team competed at the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament on Lake Wazecha just outside of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. 23 show ski teams from throughout Wisconsin competed at the tournament, making it the largest water ski tournament of any kind anywhere in the world.
The tournament starts with individual competitions on Thursday where we had several people competing. The weather on Thursday was not very friendly for water skiing. It was cool and very windy, with the wind right out of the west which produced a very rare situation on Lake Wazecha… white caps.
Carly Cates and Paul O’Conner competed in the doubles competition and took 6th place.
Ann Tieman competed in the swivel competition and put on an excelent performance and took 2nd. A video of her performance is below.
Mad-City’s Ann Tieman at the
2009 Wisconsin State Individual Swivel Competition [link]
Our jump team competed in the Team Jump competition where they performed flawlessly and ended up taking 2nd place. A video of their performance is below.
Mad-City Ski Team’s Jump Team in the Team Jump Competition Video [link]
Paul O’Conner also competed in the Free Style Jump Competition and took 2nd place overall.
On Friday morning, the division 2 teams began skiing in the cool, cloudy, sometimes raining weather. With a high only in the 60s, it was one of the coldest state tournaments in my memory. On Saturday morning Mad-City finally took to the water to perform our show. A short highlight video of our performance is below.
Mad-City 2009 Wisconsin State Tournament Highlight Video [link]
On Sunday afternoon the results were announced and Mad-City took home several awards. The team was recognized for the Best Ballet Line, Best Jump Act, Best Dock & Equipment, Best Pickup Boat Drivers and Best Audio Presentation. When the team results were announced, the Mad-City Ski Team took 1st place overall. Here is a link to the full results (2009 Wisconsin State Tournament Results).
The 2008 National Show Ski Tournament was originally scheduled to take place at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wisconsin, but, due to the high waters that affected the southern part of Wisconsin and much of the mid-west the most prestiguos tournament was moved to Wisconsin Rapids, the same site as the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament.
Having Nationals in Wisconsin Rapids made it almost seem like a second state tournament for Mad-City. It’s a ski site a lot of us love and the Wisconsin Rapid Aqua Skiers always hosts a very fun tournament and we always seem to have a good time when we visit.
The tournament kicked off Friday morning with individuals taking place and Mad-City had a number of our members competing in the individual competition. In the individual Swivel Ski Competition, our own Ann Wittenberg took to the water first.
Following Ann for Mad-City was Kristen Armstrong. Also competing in the swivel competition and she put together a great routine, even poking fun at the fact that she had to move around to find a place to ski.
She began her year skiing for the Tommy Bartlett Ski Show in the Wisconsin Dells, however, due to the flooding and subsequent drainage of Lake Delton, the Tommy Bartlett show was no longer and on the water and she eventually made her way to the Mad-City Ski Team.
Ironically, when she came to Mad-City, Mad-City was also on the move. Our primary ski site on Lake Monona in Madison had too much water and was “Slow No Wake” so we weren’t able to ski there. We were able to secure a site on Lake Wisconsin, only to later find out we had to move a couple hundred yards up the shore, and then encountered some blue-green algea forcing to just hold land practices. In spite of Mother Nature’s effort to keep Kristen off the water, she still put together a routine that was good enough for 1st place in the swivel competition.
The next event was the doubles competition. Mad-City had a couple qualify for this event as well. Paul O’Connor and Carly Cates competed and did very well for the first trip to Nationals. They suffered a bit of a snafu with the sound for their short opening dance and skit, but, they took to the water with a sliding dock start. Unfortunatly, Paul lost a ski on the start, but they skied away and completed their first couple passes before they needed to get Paul’s lost ski. Here are a couple pictures from their run…
After doubles, the final event taking place on Friday was the Team Jump Competition. Mad-City features a large group of very talented jumpers, however, on that day, it simply was not meant to be. After waiting through a two-hour delay caused by stormy weather, the Mad-City jump team took to the water and competed and that’s about all we can say about it…
One of the highlights of the act was Rock Cates jump. Unlike some of the other jumps, he skied away.
After individual’s wrapped up, the team gathered together at a picnic shelter for our normal pre-tournament team meeting. Our picnic featured some tasty pizza from a local pizza place, a slight change from our pot-luck that we have prior to our State Ski Show weekend, a pot-luck that normally features the Wang families fanstastic turkey sandwhiches. This meeting allows us one last chance to go through all of the details of our show… our intros, our dances and our comedy skits.
One of the few changes from our State ski show was that we decided to revamp some of the comedy and we completely redid one of our skits.
A week before Nationals, Adam Schaller and Matt Baumler (our announcers) put together a brand new playlist for a new dance they planned to do and sent it to Eric Wedige (me, our sound technician) so their new routine could be put together. After a long ski practice and late night of editing, I sent them back their new song to dance to. At the picnic, they performed their new dance in front of a crowd for the very first time and we, the team, loved it. (Here’s the video of them performing it at Nationals.) Here are a few pictures from the team picnic.
We did take time for our team picture…
Finally, after months of preparation, Saturday arrived. The culmination of almost 10 months of preparation and countless hours of behind the scenes work, we were about to put on the the most important show of the year. We gathered at the ski site early, where some of us grab an early breakfast, while others eat some leftovers from the night before, and others simply pace around the site anxiously. Finally, show time arrives. Instead of a ton of pictures of every act, here’s a highlight clip of the ski show…
With the show over, now we can all relax. The rest of the weekend is spent relaxing, watching the other ski teams’ shows and having a good time. Sunday afternoon finally arrives and the last ski show finishes up. All the ski teams gather on the beach for the award ceremony.
First up for the awards are some awards from the individuals. Here is Kristen collecting her trophy for 1st Place in the Swivel Competition.
After the individual awards are handed out, they start doing the act awards for the tournament and Mad-City collected a few of those…
Mad-City also won manys of the traditional box scores…
Finally, it was time for the overall team awards and Mad-City had a long wait to find out their placement, which is always a very good problem to have. They work their way from last to first.
Anxiously awaiting, they made their way to the final two teams…and they were both announced simultaniously.
2nd place had 1981.4 points and 1st place had 2069.22 points.
And then they announced that the Rock Aqua Jays took 2nd place meaning that we, Mad-City, had taken 1st place. Our show directors for 2008, Matt and Kristen run down to accept the award and the team follows them down in a crowd dust.
Much like State weekend, Nationals weekend was very successful for the Mad-City Ski Team. We took home the awards for Best Ballet, Best Barefoot Act, Best Jump Act, Best Swivel Act, Best Pick Up Boats, Best Tow Boats, and Best Sound Crew, and had the highest scoring act of the tournament with our Comedy Act. We also had the best showmanship and had the 2nd best pyramid act.
The 2008 National Championship is Mad-City’s 3rd National Championship in a row and 4th in the past 5-years. We previously won in 2004, 2006, 2007 and now in 2008.
Attached is the Official Scores: 2008 National Results