Kristina: Working for USA Water Ski has always been a dream of mine. I have always cared so much about the sport, helping it grow is really a dream come true.
USA-WS: When did you learn to ski?
Kristina: I learned to ski at the age of 13 at Cypress Gardens. Just two times around the show circle and I was hooked. I joined the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team that same week.
Kristina: I was show skiing for Sea World in San Antonio, Texas and I was coming in to stage during a doubles act when my partner lost control, and tossed me across the stage in front of a stadium filled with people. I heard the crowd go 'Ouhhhh...' as I stood up and noticed carpet burn covering my legs. Although, I didn't hold a grudge against my doubles partner for too long... I ended up marrying him just last year :)
USA-WS: What is your favorite memory of Life on the Water?
Kristina: I have been fortunate enough to travel with the Tampa Bay Water Show Ski Team to Ibiza, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It was so exciting traveling across the world to do what I love.
Kristina: Unfortunately, yes. I was skiing in Alabama at the Southern Regional Tournament when we were practicing final pyramid. Everyone successfully made it off the dock and both pyramids made it up and back down through the show course. I was in the middle of the two, four-tier pyramids so the spacing was tight. The lack of spacing made it difficult to climb down to the front of the guy's skis below me. While my weight was distributed on my arms between the two guys beneath me, they began to ski apart and I heard a pop in my shoulder as it dislocated. I was unsure at first, but the pain was miserable. Luckily the base guy was able to bring me to his skis and get me to shore safely. Fortunately, the practice was a sanctioned USA-WS event and I was able to use the USA Water Ski insurance to pay for ALL of my physical therapy!
Kristina: The people I have met along the way in my skiing career. It is so much more than just a sport to me. the water ski community is a close-knit group of people that are always there for each other. I have met so many life long friends, that I am so thankful to have in my life.