American cable riders Rob Mapp, Heather Johnson and Josh Bank won individual silver medals and the eight-member U.S. Cable Wakeboard Team won bronze at the fourth-annual ONE Wakeboard World Championships. The international cable competition, which was sponsored by NOKIA, was held in Feldkirchen, Upper Austria, July 26-30, and drew 153 riders from 20 nations and about 25,000 spectators. Germany won the gold medal for the second consecutive year and Great Britain won the silver.
"The U.S. Cable Wakeboard Team displayed a tremendous effort against other world teams competing at the Cable Wakeboard World Championships," said Andy Jugan, USA Water Ski's executive director. "With three U.S. athletes earning individual medals at the event, the U.S. team proved once again that it has some of the top cable wakeboard riders in the world."
Mapp won the silver medal in Open Men, scoring 61.15 points. Bank earned the silver medal in Boys, tallying 48.64 points. Johnson earned the silver medal in Junior Women, scoring 48.09 points.
Other members of the U.S. Cable Wakeboard Team were Melanie Chojnacki, Lu Le, Diego Shaw, Donald Shelbrick and Marc Shuster. Le placed fifth in Masters Men; Shaw placed 10th in Junior Men; and Shelbrick finished 12th in Open Men. U.S. independent rider Kayla Chojnacki advanced to the finals in Junior Women and finished fifth.
MEDAL WINNERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006
1. Laurent Peyrichou 63.4 FRA
2. Rob Mapp 61.15 USA
3. Emil Tzolov 58.49 BUL
1. Julia Bormann 51.8 GER
2. Milica Gluvajic 48.36 SER
3. Kinga Horvath 47.96 HUN
1. Nick Davies 73.65 GBR
2. Mike Ketellapper 68.52 NED
3. Dominik G