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Water skiers take over Wisconsin Rapids

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 WIS. RAPIDS (WAOW)-- Thousands of water-skiers from all over Wisconsin headed to Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids today for the 48th annual State Show Ski Tournament.

With 24 teams competing this weekend, some say this is one of the largest show ski competitions in the world.

A little grace and a lot of guts is said to be the perfect combination to compete at the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament.

"It's to see the best of the best water-skiing in the state of Wisconsin," said Organizer Maggie Muleski.

With skiers ranging in age from 5 to 77 this tournament is known for being big.

"We have 24 teams and 52 individual events," said Muleski.

And 18 year old Jacklyn Kumlien of Janesville is no rookie.

She has been water skiing since she was five years old and competed today in the individual swivel competition, skiing on a single ski with a binding that turns 360 degrees.

She skies in tournaments for one reason.

"It's the spirit of competition," said Kumlien.

She says she keeps coming back because she loves the team atmosphere.

"Everybody in the end, even if you're down and out of luck, they will always show up and help you out," said Kumlien.

The four-day ski show features concession stands, sports vendors and some free entertainment from some of the skiers.

Organizers say this tournament is great for the Wisconsin Rapids community.

"Families, it's just a great day at the beach. You've got some great entertainment," said Muleski.

Water skiers train throughout the year for this tournament at South Wood County Park.

The top teams and skiers move on to nationals in Janesville next month.

Team competition begins Friday morning and continues through Sunday.

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