Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best water skiers from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Water ski is divided into three events: tricks, slalom and jump. In tricks competition, skiers perform 12 to 18 tricks both on and above the water. Points are Basado en TO 2015, con ligeros cambioallocated to each trick according to its execution. The competitor who receives the highest score is declared winner. Slalom ski is performed on one ski and competitors navigate through a series of six fixed buoys along a course measuring 259 m (850 ft.). Points are awarded for each buoy passed and the skier with the most points wins. In jumping, skiers hit speeds of 120 km/h and execute a jump off a ramp located in the water. The contestant with the furthest jump wins.
The Peruvian water ski team has outstanding athletes, who are currently training for the Lima Pan Am Games. Our compatriot Delfina Cuglievan Wiese, world champion U 21, has brought many joys to our country such as our first gold medal at the ODESUR Games in 2014 and three gold medals at the 2013 Bolivarian Games in the women’s slalom events. Along her, we have athletes such as: María Alejandra de Osma Bedoya (gold medalist at the 2017 Bolivarian Games in the women’s slalom and jump events), Rafael Juan Diego de Osma Bedoya and Natalia Josefina Cuglievan Wiese, gold medalist at the 2015 Pan Am Games in women’s tricks.
The origins of water ski date back to 1922 when Ralph Samuelson, an 18-year-old from Minnesota, figured if you could ski on snow, you could ski on water. Samuelson and his brother experimented with several materials for the skis, eventually choosing wood and a curtain sash as the ski rope. The first water ski competition was held in 1939.
Late: When a slalom skier falls behind in the slalom course, making it difficult to reach the next buoy.
Pass: A successful run by a water skier through a slalom course.
Wake: The V-shaped water that trails behind a boat.