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2017 Queen's Cup

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The world renowned Ski Nautique 200 supplied the pull for the competitors all weekend long.

Spencer Shultz

The Little Mountain Ski Club in North Carolina played host to the second installment of the Queen’s Cup this weekend and it was a hit. The cup highlighted some of the best skiing from women over the age of 30, and trust us when we tell you, these ladies can ski (and have a darn good time doing it).

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Big spray, big scores and big smiles were all over the place at the 2nd edition of the Queens Cup at the Little Mountain Ski Club in Maiden, North Carolina.

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In a multi-round tournament the event had several different types of scoring involved and it was a big hit for everyone in the mix. It featured a traditional slalom style format that had everyone ski a two-round prelims in order to post the best score possible.

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Trish Burt hooks up with a nice heelside turn out of 2 ball. Burt came from up West Palm Beach, Florida to ski in the event. This was her second time skiing in the Queens Cup.

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The second day featured a head-to-head round of the best 16 skiers, whittled down to an elite eight, followed by a final four round and a finals round of the best two skiers from the weekend.

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Vennesa Vieke gets down the line and hits a big heelside turn out of 4 ball. Vieke finished 1st in the final round with a score of 1.50 buoys at 38off.

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The fun-filled energy of this event brought together skiers from multiple divisions to compete against one another.

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The vibe at the tournament was competitive, but still very relaxed and easy going which ensured fun was had by everyone.

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In addition, prizes were also awarded to the three skiers that beat their overall handicap from other tournament scores over the course of the year. This gave all ability levels the chance to walk away with some of the awesome gifts provided by the event sponsors, while also keeping the atmosphere light and fun.

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Paula Sleiman is all smiles turning 3 ball. Sleiman placed 2nd in the handicap scoring format of the event.

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In the traditional scoring, it was Vennesa Vieke who took home the top spot followed by Chelsea Mills. Both women skied into 38-off and gave the crowd some great skiing in the final round.

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Chelsea Mills had an overall great weekend. Mills ran 35off all five rounds, but came up just short of the top spot after an unfortunate fall at one ball on her 38off pass in the finals. As one of the event organizers, she hopes this event continues to grow and encourages more women to come out and ski next year.

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Rounding out the podium was Joy Kelley in third, Lori Krueger in fourth and Cyndi Benzel in fifth. Kelley and Benzel both set new national records. Kelley ran 1 buoy at 38-off at 32 mph in the Women’s 6 division and Benzel ran 1 buoy at 38-off at 30 mph.

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Vennesa Vieke (1st), Chelsea Mills (2nd), Joy Kelley (3rd), Lori Krueger (4th) and Cyndi Benzel (5th) enjoy a nice victory pose after a hard fought battle.

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Event organizers (and us here at WaterSki) hope the Queen's Cup continues to grow and that even more women join in next year. With a best score wins and handicap format that puts skiers up against their ability, this event should no doubt be on every female skier's must do ski calendar for next year. We hope to see you there!

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Lori Krueger had a nice finish of fourth place. After running 35off in the round of 8, she fell around 4 ball at 35off in the final four to give her a score of 3.5 at 35off.

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The weekend brought some cooler temperatures to the North Carolina area, but the ladies stayed tough in the early fall season conditions.

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Gail Case throws up a wall on her toeside edge. Case came up from North Carolina to ski in the event and enjoyed meeting up with ski friends from all over the country.

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Lori Krueger was all smiles the entire weekend. With great angle and a spray like this, we can see why.

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Joy Kelley enjoyed a well deserved 3rd place finish as well as a new National Record of 1 buoy at 38off in the women’s six division. She narrowly missed getting around 2 ball to push the record even deeper.

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The sweet sixteen field of skiers enjoyed a head-to-head round pulled by the Nautique 200.

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