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Kailey Koehler: Show Skiing

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Competitive barefooting is a very important part of my life and it has been for the past six years.  I truly enjoy traveling all around the world and competing against my friends from all over the world.  Barefooting is a very competitive sport and it consumes most of my summer, however, I am also involved with a show ski team called the Aquanut Water Shows which is out of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.  Most people choose one sport of the other, however, I have chosen to do both show skiing and barefooting.  Doing both sports can be seen as a balancing act that comes with a lot of decisions, but  I enjoy both of them and there is no way I could choose one over the other.  

I have been on the Aquanuts since I was 6 years old.  They have become a second family to me.  I have worked very hard to become a versatile member of our team and I try to do a little bit of everything including the following: ballet line, swivel, pre-fabricated pyramids, doubles, swivel, barefooting, and final pyramid.  Every act is different which is why I love running from act to act.  It can be very tiring, but in the end the thrill of performing for friends and family is irresistible.  Although I absolutely hate the makeup that comes along with show skiing, it is worth it in the end and it usually comes off when I barefoot. 
Both barefooting and show skiing are very important to me and I plan on continuing to compete in both sports.  They are both very different types of skiing but they are equally fun and entertaining.  I have had the honor of competing on team USA for barefooting, and for the first time I will be competing on the team USA show ski team  next September in Janesville, Wisconsin.  I am privileged to be on both of these teams and I can not wait to see where the future of these sports bring me. 
By: Kailey Koehler