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Lori Powell Drell
Competed in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988 World Championships for the USA Lori retired from competition after the 1988 World Championships Open Level achievements in World Championships and other major international tournaments 1982 World Championship Starts #1, Wakes #5, Tricks & Overall #4 1985 World Championship Tricks #1 1986 World Championship Tricks & Jump #1 1988 World Championship Tricks #1, Jump #2, Wakes #3, #1 Overall 1981 US Masters Women’sTricks, Starts, Wake Slalom and Overall Champion 1982 US Masters Women’sTricks, Starts, Wake Slalom and Overall Champion 1983 US Masters Women’sTricks, Starts, Wake Slalom and Overall Champion 1984 US Masters Women’s Jump, Wake Slalom and Overall Champion World Records Set 1984 Starts 1985, 1988, 1988 Wakes Lori demonstrated a high degree of sportsmanship, cultivating friendly relationships with teammates, officials and her competitors. Her cheerful and outgoing personality coupled with her sense of humour made her a delight to be around. As an articulate, attractive, personable, young teenager, Lori presented herself well before the media, generating much positive publicity for the sport. Lori’s accomplishments are made even more impressive realizing that from 1980 through 1985 she was also a top national level three-event skier, often alternating one weekend competing in three-event, and the next weekend at a barefoot tournament. She regularly placed in the top five spots at national water ski championships in Slalom, Tricks, Jumping and Overall. After the 1985 season, she gave up a three-event competition to focus her efforts on becoming the Women’s World Barefoot Overall Champion. Lori is perhaps the most versatile female water skier of all time, competing and holding national titles in both the three-event and barefoot divisions since her elementary school years and world titles in barefooting. Lori’s significant barefoot skiing accomplishments span eight years and four World Championships, culminating in her 1988 Women’s World Overall Title. Five of those years she also competed at the national level in traditional three events. Her perseverance through losses and a significant health setback to finally win the Women’s World Overall title in 1988 is a testament to Lori’s incredibly hard work, dedication and athletic skill. Though Women’s World Overall Champion only once, her numerous national and world titles and records advanced the sport and contributed to the USA’s team effort at each of the four World Championships. Additionally, her pleasant personality, consistent cheerfulness and superb communication skills made her an excellent ambassador for the sport. Based on these accomplishments and contributions to the sport, I nominate Lori Powell-Drell for induction into the IWWF International Hall of Fame. Lori was 11 years old when she was an alternate to the 1980 US Barefoot Team and 13 years old when competing on the US World Barefoot Team in 1982. At the 1982 World Championships, Lori was the first to unseat the Australians hold on female World titles. Lori’s excellent performances at the 1986 World’s helped the US team unseat Australia from their hold on the World Championship Title. At the end of the 1986 season, a tumour was discovered on Lori’s spine. After the major surgery to remove the tumour, Lori had to significantly limit her training for the 1997 season and focused on rehabilitation with physical training. But in 1988 she came back to reach her peak and her ultimate goal of winning the Women’s World Barefoot Overall title at the 1988 Worlds. What made the 1988 victory even more meaningful was that her brother, Rick Powell, won the Men’s overall title. They remain the only brother and sister to have won the Men and Women’s overall titles in the same World Championships.