K.C. Wilson knows how to prepare for big events. The Boys 3 national slalom record holder (3 at 41 off) skis with a strong, flowing style and has proven himself on many occasions. He’s won a multitude of events, such as Junior Worlds, Junior Masters, Junior U.S. Open and the National Championships — some of those on multiple occasions. His latest challenge at the Under 21 World Water Ski Championships presented by WATERSKI might be his toughest yet. The 19-year-old Florida Southern College student was sidelined from competition with a back injury for half of the summer. Wilson’s been working hard to regain full strength, and we recently caught up with him to get his outlook on the event.
Have you competed at the U21 Worlds before? I competed in the U21 Worlds in 2009 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The tournament was super cool, and it was an honor to be there. I was younger than most of the others guys at that time but still managed to ski well. I ended up in fourth place and was very encouraged by my competitors, which was really neat.
Do you approach a big event like this any differently than other tournaments? There is definitely more structure to my planning and training schedule that goes on before a tournament like this. You’re not only skiing against the best of best of your age group from around the world, but you’re competing for your country, which is a special honor.
How stoked were you when you heard that the tournament was going to take place at Lake Hancock in Florida after it was relocated from South Africa? I was super pumped to hear the event was taking place at Lake Hancock. Getting to compete for such a prestigious title in my home state is an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often.
How would you describe the skiing conditions at Lake Hancock? I can’t think of a better site to showcase the top U21 athletes from around the world. The venue is going to be unreal. A lot of hard work and time was put into making this event special for the athletes.
What do you think it’s going to take to win the slalom event? If you’ve been watching the skiing and scores put up from the younger guys this summer, it’s safe to say that it’ll be a big score. I’m confident it’s going to a score into 41 off, and that will surpass the current U21 World Championship record.
For more information regarding the U21 World Water Ski Championships, visit U21Worlds.