Wednesday, June 15, 2005

World’s Best Water-Skiers Take To New York Lake For Money, Olympics

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This Friday (Jun. 17) for the first time in 41 years, motorboats will be zooming across the waters of Meadow Lake in New York for the MasterCraft Pro Water Ski Championships.

The top 10 water-skiers in disciplines such as slalom and shortboard are expected to participate, skiing for a total purse worth roughly $125,000.

Some competitors will do aerial flips, reach speeds in excess of 70 mph and fly more than 220 feet in the air, and event spokesman Andy Mapple is keeping his fingers crossed that injuries will be rare and far between.

That’s because the event is also being used to showcase the lake as a 2012 Olympic Games site if New York City gets the gig.

Still, Mapple doesn’t think a major injury would make the lake any less appealing as an Olympic venue.

In his words, “When a race car driver crashes, people don’t think any less of the race track.”

Up to 30,000 water sport-loving spectators are expected to attend the free exhibition.

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