Water Skiing at the Olympics

Water skiing has only once been associated with the Olympic Games. It was a demonstration sports at the 1972 Games in Munich (the other demonstration sport that year was badminton). The event involved 35 competitors from 20 countries, participating in six events: slalom, figure skiing, and ski jump for each of men and women.

The events were held on September 1 and 2, 1972, in Kiel, Germany.

There may be the possibility of waterskiing once again being part of the Olympic Games. Water skiing has been one of the most popular sports at the Pan American Games for many editions.

1972 Results

Men's slalom

1 Roby Zucchi (ITA) 44.0 Buoys
2 Wayne Grimditch (USA) 38.5
=3 Jean–Michel Jamin (FRA) 38.0
=3 Heikki Olamo (FIN) 38.0

Men's figure skiing

1 Ricky McCormick (USA) 5340 points
2 Wayne Grimditch (USA) 4510
3 Karl–Heinz Benzinger (FRG) 4240

Men's jump

1 Ricky McCormick (USA) 43.75 meters
=2 Max Hofer (ITA) 37.70
=2 Hagen Klie (FRG) 37.70

Women's slalom

1 Liz Allen–Shetter (USA) 35.0 Buoys
2 Willy Staehle (NED) 31.5
3 Pat Messner (CAN) 29.0
4 Sylvie Maurial (FRA) 28.0

Women's figure skiing

1 Willy Staehle (NED) 3140 Points
2 Kaye Thurlow (AUS) 2750
3 Sylvie Maurial (FRA) 2560

Women's jump

1 Sylvie Maurial (FRA) 27.40 meters
2 Kaye Thurlow (AUS) 27.30
3 Liz Allen–Shetter (USA) 25.70


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