Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mike Hanley skis to a new record

Four off to water ski nationals

Mike Hanley set a new record during Saturday’s Black Butte Classic north of Shoshone. Courtesy photo by Alison Poulsen

Mike Hanley of Ketchum won the slalom event at the local Black Butte Classic water ski tournament Saturday.

He also broke and set a new USA Water Ski Association Rocky Mountain area men's five slalom record 1-at-39 off a 75-foot ski rope.

The record was previously set by Martin Woodbury from Colorado on July 14, 2001.

"Skiing 38 off is a huge feat of athleticism, and to ski it at a tournament and break a record is fantastic," said fellow skier Alison Poulsen.

Idaho skiers Hanley, Poulsen, John Urban and Gary Storey will compete at the U.S. Water Ski Nationals Aug. 14-15 in Florida.

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