- Category: News
- Published on Sunday, 01 January 2012 11:52
|In 2011, Elite Women’s skiing was dominated by three 3 event skiers. All the female world records were broken and sometimes re-broken. The gold medals at Elite events were mostly divided between Canadian, Whitney McClintock and Belarusian, Natallia Berdnikava. The gold medals at Elite events, however, do not tell the whole story as American Regina Jaquess was consistently on the podium at Elite events and set numerous world records. Adding Clementine Lucine's jaw dropping 10,000+ trick record to the mix makes picking a Female Skier of the Year from the Elite ranked skiers impossible.|
|Looking through the age groups at non-Elite ranked skiers, there are a few young skiers that had a truly fantastic 2011. With groundbreaking US national records in trick and slalom, nine year old Neilly Ross is one of the most promising junior skiers in the world today. Ross set the US Girls 1 Trick record to 5,340 and the slalom record to 2 @ 35 off. Neilly Ross is the BallOfSpray Female Skier of the Year.
The previous records were 4,610 points set by Brooke Baldwin in 2010 and 1.25 @ 35 off set by Regina Jaquess in 1994.
“The choice for female athlete of the year is difficult with the Elite women rocking in every event around the world…so much so that no one stood out above the other. Every pro event, world-class tournament and world record was a cat fight to the top. That kind of true competition is amazing to see and truly the mark of the pro women in 2011. With that being said, I love seeing Neilly recognized as a symbol for the future of our sport--She’s an obviously talented and dedicated athlete with a competitive spirit and the resume of a champion all bundled up in the cutest package—What could be better for our sport than young, passionate girls breaking records and shaming grown men out on the water? You go Neilly!” - Krista Rogers
“She is one skier to look out for in the future.”- Makayla Haw
“It’s incredible to watch Neilly ski. At her size and boat speed the wakes look absolutely massive, but she charges as hard as any pro. She’s fearless and determined, not to mention that her technique is nearly flawless. In a few years, we will be watching slow motion video of her to see what we are supposed to be doing!” - Adam Cord