KRUEGER, LeFORESTIER, BEAUCHESNE, HAMRICK, NIGHTINGALE AND FLADBORG HEADING
FOR WORLD CUP IN DUBNA,
Dubna, just north of Moscow, is the centre of attention right now for
the World of Waterskiing. With over 30 million active participants in 92
Countries, all will be following this spectacular Stop of the World Cup series
with great interest. The stage is set at this historic site on the Volga River.
It has delivered no less than eight World Championship medals for Russian
athletes since i961. The dates are July 30/31.
The World Class entry level is about as good as its gets. The
very best Waterski talent from 14 countries will chase a portion of the season’s
US$500,000 cash prize fund. In all events, the battle will be enormous.
Freddy Krueger (USA) set a pending World Jump Record of 72.5m / 238 ft
two months ago at the Masters in Callaway Gardens in the USA – his fourth World
Record. He has taken an extraordinary five titles in his past five competitions
this year. He also took first place in Dubna last year with a distance of 65.5m.
He will again be pushed to his absolute limit by Jaret Llewellyn (CAN) to make
it six victories out of six. Llewellyn, however, has broken the World Jump
Record nine times – and really wants to make it 10 !
Nicolas LeForestier (FRA) also set a new pending World Record
of 12,370 points just two weeks ago. His pedigree includes 13 European Champion
titles, 4 World Champion titles and he has been ranked number one in the World
an impressive 15 times. Watch out for further potential improvements on his
World Record at Dubna. This is a Russian audience which really appreciates Trick
Glen Campbell (GBR) will be under enormous pressure also to
defend his Dubna World Cup Stop Slalom title this year. Jamie Beauchesne (USA),
co-holder of the World Slalom Record for several years, returns again to bury
the disappointment of his own 2004 performance here.
Natalie Hamrick (USA) was crowned the 2004 Dubna World Cup
Slalom Champion, one of the best performances of her career. With 2005 victories
at the Malibu Open and French Masters, she too will want that top spot on the
podium on the Volga River.
World Trick Champion, Mandy Nightingale (USA) recently took
the Trick titles at both the Masters in the USA and the MasterCraft Pro
Championships. She was defeated in Dubna last year by Clementine Lucine (FRA)
and both are back to continue the battle.
June Fladborg (DEN), European Jump Champion and recent
Malibu Open Jump Champion, has a personal battle to fight this year. Emma Sheers
(AUS) jumped 48.5m here in 2004 to take the Stop title. Knee surgery last week
has taken her off this starting list. Fladborg sees a World Jump title for
Denmark within her grasp by the end of the year. This World Cup Stop will be a
test of her determination. Again, Clementine Lucine (FRA) and Brenda Baldwin
(USA) will not make it easy for her.
This return to Dubna in Russia has all the makings of a truly
classic event. It was one of the World Cup highlights in 2004. Sponsor’s
MasterCraft have already got the competition boats and support crews in place.
Sponsor’s Akrilan have managed a first class marketing campaign to maximize
interest in this Stop of the World Cup. With over 50,000 spectators expected
during the weekend, full TV coverage by NTV+ and ProActive TV, the magnificent
setting on the Volga River – plus enormous support from Dubna’s Mayor Prokh and
the entire City, the International Waterski Federation has high expectations for
another fascinating World Cup Stop in Russia on July 30/31.