Nautique water-skiing events set for Florida

The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will return to Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando, Fla.
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A finalist skis in Nautique’s U.S. Open of Water Skiing.

A finalist skis in Nautique’s U.S. Open of Water Skiing.

The Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing, presented by Orlando Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will be held in conjunction with the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals presented by O’Brien on Oct. 22-24.

The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will return to Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando, Fla.

Three-event athletes, including current world record holders and Team Nautique skiers Nate Smith, Erika Lang, Aliaksei Zharnasek and Jacinta Carroll, will headline the competition.

The Big Dawg Finals allows the best amateur 34 mph skiers in the world to vie in head-to-head competition behind the world-record-breaking Ski Nautique 200.

Preliminary rounds for both events will be held at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla., on Oct. 22-23, followed by the final rounds at Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando on Oct. 24.

Admission for all competition days is free to the public. Spectators will hear music and have access to autograph signings, exhibitors and prize giveaways.

The final rounds of the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing and the Sweet 16 of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will be broadcast live via webcast beginning at 8 a.m. EST on Oct. 24 at nautique.com.

“Nautique is proud to once again bring the U.S. Open of Water Skiing to the home of our sport in downtown Orlando,” Nautique president Greg Meloon said in a statement. “We are excited to combine this prestigious tournament with the Nautique Big Dawg Finals, featuring the world’s best 34 mph skiers. Bring your family out to enjoy the action of one of water skiing’s best events.”

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