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Thanks to Jim’s Photos, here are some great pictures from our show at the 2012 National Show Ski Tournament. Check his site for more pictures from this show and all of our shows going back several years. On his site you can order prints from high-resolution versions of what you see here.
The Mad-City Ski Team competed at the 2012 National Show Ski Tournament at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI this past weekend. Competing against 13 of the best ski teams in the nation, Mad-City took 2nd place to the host team the Rock Aqua Jays of Janesville, WI.
In addition to taking 2nd place in the tournament, Mad-City’s star swivel act won the award for highest scoring swivel act in the tournament.
Mad-City member Jeff Jacobson won the Skip Gilkerson Award given to the outstanding male skier of the tournament.
Below are some pictures from Mad-City’s show.
Finally, here is a highlight video of the team’s show. It’s a little long at 14 minutes, but you’ll see pretty much everything that went through the show course.
Here are the full results of the tournament.
The 2012 Show Ski Nationals will be webcast live the weekend of August 11th & 12th by USA Water Ski. The Mad-City Ski team will take to the water 2nd on Saturday the 11th at approximately 9:15am. If you’re unable to make the trip to Traxler Park in Janesville, WI, be sure to tune in to the webcast. The webcast page will go live each morning at 7:30am when the competition starts. The link won’t work until then.
- Nationals Webcast - goes live on Saturday and Sunday (Aug 11 & 12) at 7:30am -
FYI… Between shows the webcast may not be broadcasting
If you’re interested in making the trip to view the tournament in person, Traxler Park is about an 1 hour from the east side of Madison, WI and is located in Janesville, WI. Click here for driving direction.
The tournament is free to attend and concessions are available on site. There is typically a small charge for parking in the park (about $5) and there is some free parking available in the area.
Tournament Running Order
Saturday, August 11
- Rock Aqua Jays – Wisconsin
- Mad-City Ski Team – Wisconsin
- Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team – Central
- Webfooters Water Ski Team – Wisconsin
- Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team – Central
- Five Seasons Ski Team – Midwest
- Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team – Central
- Badgerland Water Ski Show Team – Wisconsin
Sunday, August 12
- Waterhawks Ski Team – Midwest
- Backwater Gamblers – Central
- Midwest Ski Otters – Midwest
- Muskego Water Bugs – Wisconsin
- Aquanut Water Shows – Wisconsin
- Beaverland Must-Skis – Wisconsin
The tournament starts each day at 7:30am. Each team is given 20 minutes to setup, 60 minutes to perform their show and then 10 minutes to clean up, at which time the next team is allowed to start their setup.
This past weekend, the Mad-City Ski Team competed at the National Show Ski Tournament at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI. The team had placed 2nd at the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament (the regional qualifier tournament) and was looking to both clean up the show a little bit and make a few of the acts just a bit bigger and try out a few new tricks in our show for Nationals.
But the weeks leading up to the tournament proved to be challenging for the team. Besides dealing with the incredible heat and humidity that had moved into the area in the week before the state tournament, two very prominent and important members of the team were injured. Ann, who is a Wisconsin State and National Swivel Champion, suffered a broken ankle about 2 weeks before the tournament and Lori, another important member suffered a severely pulled muscle the day before the tournament opened that prevented her from skiing.
The team didn’t let the weather, the wind, the water or injuries slow it down. The home show the week before Nationals proved to be one of the team’s best shows at home (or anywhere else) that year, one that we’d like to have performed at Nationals, and given the less than ideal conditions at our home site, that is a huge accomplishment.
During the final week of preparations, the team performed a couple more show run thrus, gave a couple acts a little extra time on the water and worked hard on our skits and intros… basically, putting the little extra polish on our show.
Finally, the tournament arrived. On Friday during individuals, Kristen Block, one of the team’s members, competed in the Individual Swivel Competition. Here is her swivel routine…
Facing some tough competition, Kristen placed 3rd in the Swivel Competition.
Friday night, the team met for a final team meeting to go through our intros, dances and responsibilities during the team’s setup and tear down times. Basically, a mini dress rehearsal, minus the costumes and skiing… and one less thing to worry about in the morning, which was going to come very early.
Saturday arrived (barely) and throughout team member’s homes, alarms went off about 3:15am and Mad-City’s migration to Janesville started. I’m assuming most team members packed the majority of their stuff into their cars the night before and had hooked up to whatever they might be towing, leaving the only responsibilities in the morning to be whatever they needed to do to wake up and eat some breakfast before getting on the road to Janesville by 4am.
5am arrives, Traxler Park opens and Mad-City shows up to get ready for our show at Nationals. Being the first team on the water, the team’s setup time started at 7:30am, leaving just a couple hours for the team build the back drop, the girls to put on make up, everyone to get their costumes, 100s of ropes to re-wrapped and for people to gather and preset their equipment. Boats were launched, floaters put into positions, backdrops placed and then it was show time.
Here are some pictures from the show…
And, by looking at the pictures, you can see that Ann, broken ankle and all, still skied. She hadn’t practiced for the prior two weeks other than to try it out the day before to see if she could ski with her broken and since she could, she did.
The team was very happy with the show. A few things that usually make it didn’t, but just about everything did make it. Clean pyramids, strong swivel act, good big act, great tandem act, awesome ending pyramid, a phenomenal ballet act and some great new comedy and it all added up to a show the team could be very proud of.
Here’s a short highlight video…
Yes, 13 minutes isn’t that short, but there were a lot of highlights.
And for those that want to see the whole show, here you go…
When the final results were announced, the Mad-City Ski Team placed 3rd behind the Rock Aqua Jays (Janesville, WI) who took 1st and the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, IL) who took 2nd.
From USA Water Ski:
8/14/2011 20:04:12 – The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) won the national team title at the 37th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 12-14, on the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. It was the Rock Aqua Jays’ 16th national team title.
The Rock Aqua Jays tallied 2,021.16 points in sweeping the traditional box scores for Dock & Equipment Crew, Pick-Up Boat Driving, Towboat Driving and Sound Crew, and earning top-scoring awards for Pyramid, Swivel, Doubles, Showmanship, Overall Show and High Individual Club Act. It was the Rock Aqua Jays’ first national team title since 2005.
The defending champion Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) finished second with 1,961.32 points and the Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) placed third with 1,914.04 points. The Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.), which scored 1,801.68 points, and Badgerland (Waukesha, Wis.), which tallied 1,723.50 points, rounded out the top-five placements.
The tournament featured 14 teams and more than 1,500 athletes competing for the coveted show ski national title. In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show.
Jacklyn Kumlien (Janesville, Wis.) and Bob Panter (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) received the Willa Cook and Skip Gilkerson awards, respectively. The awards are given to the tournament’s top female and male performers, as voted on by the tournament officials.
Thanks to Jim’s Photos for the great pictures of this show and every show!
The Mad-City Ski Team, along with approximately 1500 other show skiers, is off to compete in the National Show Ski Tournament this weekend (August 12-14) at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI.
The team took 2nd place at the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament in July, and we’ve turned added a few more skiers to some of the acts, created some new ones and made our show even bigger and better for the National Tournament this weekend.
Mad-City will be skiing at approximately 7:45am on Saturday morning.
If you want to make the trip down to Janesville to watch our show, it’s a short 45 minute drive from the east side of Madison and the tournament is free to attend. Here’s a link to driving directions to the ski site. It’s just a short trip down Interstate 90/94 to the site.
If you can’t make it Janesville on Saturday morning, you can still see our show. USA Water Ski in cooperation with the USOC will be webcasting all day on Saturday and Sunday. Whether you’re at home or on the go, you’ll be able to watch the tournament wherever you are. Here are links to the where you can view the tournament online:
The links likely won’t do much until the tournament starts on Saturday morning.
For more information, including the running order of the tournament, here’s the USA Water Ski press release about the tournament.
The Mad-City Ski Team took 5th place at the 2010 National Show Ski Tournament at Lake Wazecha near Wisconsin Rapids, WI this past weekend.
Two of the comedy fills in the show involved a message from Adam, the team’s old announcer, to Jed & Brian, the team’s new announcers, to let them know what the 7 Golden Rules of Announcing are. These fills don’t involve skiing, but they should keep you laughing.
A full Mad-City tournament recap and highlight video are coming soon.
The Mad-City Ski Team will compete in the National Water Ski Show Tournament on Lake Wazeecha, near Wisconsin Rapids, on Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15. Because the team will be out of town, the free weekly ski show at Law Park will not take place on Sunday, August 15. The team will return to the shores of Lake Monona for a show on Sunday, August 22, starting with the junior team at 5:30 and the full team at 6:00.
Individual Mad-City team members will compete in the tournament on Friday, August 13. Then, at 9:20 am on Saturday, August 16, the full Mad-City Ski Team will take to the water.
The Mad-City show and the tournament will be webcast by USA Water Ski.
The 2010 Show Ski Nationals will be webcast live the weekend of August 14th & 15th by USA Water Ski. The Mad-City Ski team will take to the water 2nd on Saturday the 14th at approximately 9:15am. If you’re unable to make the trip to Lake Wazecha near Wisconsin, Rapids, be sure to tune in to the webcast . The webcast page will go live each morning at 730am when the competition starts. The link won’t work until then.
If you’re interested in making the trip to view the tournament in person, Lake Wazecha is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from the east side of Madison, WI and is near Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Click here for driving direction.
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.
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
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: