Female Slalom Skier of the Year
Talk about true grit. Regina Jaquess has run 39½ off 17 times in record events over the last 12 months, and this despite the fact that she has a 70-hour-a-week job eating up her daylight hours. She opened her own compounding pharmacy last year, which surely would have spelled doom for anyone else’s skiing career. But early-morning ski sessions at Cory Pickos’ ski school (conveniently located in her backyard) and her unwavering dedication have kept her on track. In terms of technique, her success begins with her gate: She turns in from a wide position and effortlessly builds energy into the first wake. Her biggest asset, though, is her strong, aligned pulling position. Even if things go poorly at the start, Jaquess can scrap her way through a pass like no other woman in the history of the sport. Highlights from the past year include breaking the world record with 3 at 41 off, and winning the Pan Am Championships, the Masters (where she set a course record), the WaterSki Atlanta Pro Am and the Malibu Open.