Water skier McClintock jumping for more gold

OKAHUMPKA, Florida – Water skier Whitney McClintock of Cambridge is serving notice early that taking away her world junior overall title is going to be a challenge for anyone. This past weekend, the 16-year-old picked up three gold medals at the U.S. Junior Open championships.

Photo: Ross Outerbridge

McClintock scored in slalom and jump and added a silver in tricks to successfully defend her overall crown at the event. Last week she won the overall Junior Masters title.

“I was really happy about my jump victory,” said McClintock, 16. “I was fourth heading into my final jump but I stayed focused on the task at hand. The slalom was a lot closer than I expected and I had to lay down a strong run to win it. In tricks, I went with my big routine and kind of messed it up.”

McClintock’s hardware haul topped field day for Canadians at the meet. Canadians made seven trips to the podium overall on the day.

Kole Magnowski of Russell, Man., added a victory in men’s jump. He soared a personal best 206 feet for the victory. He was the second to last jumper of the day.

Thomas Moore, 21, of Edmonton took the silver in men’s slalom; and Brooke Smith, 17, of Naicam, Sask., took the bronze in women’s jump for her first major international medal.