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April 17, 2014

Showtime in the Down Under

Lake Park teen places at barefoot skiing world championship

VALDOSTA — Just a junior in high school, Valwood’s Chandler Cargile has already seen things that most people don’t get to experience in a lifetime. Cargile recently returned to Lake Park from Mulwala, Australia, where he competed in the Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The competition hosted participants from 15 countries and lasted for two weeks last month.

Cargile participated in the world championships once before, in 2012 as a junior participant, and choose to return in 2014, as a participant of both the U.S. junior and elite teams. The junior group age range stops at 17 and Cargile was honored to be chosen to be apart of the elite team, which features water ski coaches, past championship winners and the best water skiers from the United States.

“My biggest achievement was actually making the elite team when I came to Australia,” said Cargile. “One of my goals when I first started water skiing was to become a part of the elite team one day and I did it.”

With a three-day training period before the competition began, Cargile and other competitors were allowed to warm up their skills and practice their jumps and tricks.

Cargile participated in three events for both teams, the slalom, tricks and jumps.

“I skied about twice as much as everyone else there because I was on both teams,” said Cargile.

He made it past the second and third rounds of each of his events at the junior level, and earned individual silver medals for his performance in the slalom and tricks categories.

In the elite competition, Cargile made it to the second round in both tricks and jumps, however was unable to move forward past that.

Combined, the U.S. team won a silver medal at the junior level and won bronze at the elite level.

Cargile will participate in three more competitions this summer, in addition to the national championships in August held in Wisconsin.

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