Aviation attraction Fantasy of Flight to host nation's top ski flyers
For immediate release:
Feb. 6, 2002
POLK CITY, Fla. - Athletes from 10 age divisions as well as Open Men and Women will have the opportunity to win national ski flying titles when the 2002 Ski Flying National Championships takes place Sept. 14-15 in Polk City, Fla. The annual competition will be held on Lake Agnes at the Fantasy of Flight aviation attraction, less than two miles from USA Water Ski headquarters and the new Water Ski Hall of Fame.
“The Ski Flying National Championships is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year,” said Steve McDermeit, USA Water Ski’s executive director. “Holding the event at such a great location as Fantasy of Flight will only increase the prominence of the event. The athletes and spectators will be very happy with the competition venue.”
The Ski Flying National Championships, which debuted at the 2000 Water Ski National Championships, will include Open Men and Women competitors, as well as competitors from the Boys and Girls 3, and Men and Women 1-4 age divisions. It will be a two-round event with seeded preliminaries taking place on Saturday, Sept. 14, and finals on Sunday, Sept. 15. Qualifications for event entry will be announced at a later date.
Ski flying is a modified form of traditional jumping that produces greater distances than traditional jumping. The current ski flying world record is 299 feet, held by Canada’s Jaret Llewellyn, while U.S. athlete Jimmy Siemers holds the current jumping world record of 233 feet. The boat speed for ski flying is 5 mph faster than that of each division’s maximum traditional jumping speed. Instead of a 75-foot rope, ski fly athletes can use a rope as long as 90 feet that is attached to a pylon with an 18-inch extension. The most significant change regards the height and length to the ramp. The traditional jumping ramp is lowered from 6 feet to 5 feet, 10 inches, and extended nearly 2-1/2 feet to 24 feet, 6 inches.