Mike Hazelwood competed as a member of the British team in eight consecutive World Championships, the longest competitive record at that level of anyone who has ever won a World Overall Championship. During that period, from 1973 to 1987, Mike won three gold medals, including the one in 1977 for overall, five silver medals, and two bronze medals. As one of the most successful competitors of his long era, he was honored by the British Crown with the title MBE, "Member of the British Empire"
Jumping was always Mike's strongest event, which he demonstrated by setting three world records between 1980 and 1986. As the World record in jumping now approaches 65 meters, we recall that Mike was the first to jump 60 meters. Mike was the dominant skier in Europe for over a decade, winning the European Overall Championship eight times between 1976 and 1986.
Mike now operates a water ski school in Florida, where he trains future water skiing stars and continues to remain active in the sport. I am pleased to announce the induction of one of the most successful skiers of the 1970s and 80s: Mike Hazelwood.