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Mike Kjellander

Mike Kjellander

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Mike Kjellander was a Pro Waterskier for 21 years and was one of the greatest Slalom skiers of his time. In his early days, he was the owner and coach of his own Waterski School and today is the Sports Director of both the Swedish and Norwegian Waterski Federations where he still contributes greatly to the development of young athletes on the water. Over a 14 year period between 1978 and 1992, he set Swedish National Records in Slalom, Tricks and Jump a total of 27 times. His Swedish Slalom Record of three buoys on the 10.25m line stayed intact for 22 years. He was European Champion a total of eleven times. Between 1984 and 1997, he was ranked in the top three places in the world 12 times and as number one in both 1987 and 1988 against fierce competition from Andy Mapple OBE. Also in 1988, he broke the World Slalom Record in Palm Beach USA with a score of one buoy on the 10.25m line. As a first class ambassador for our sport over the past 35 years, he is still today affectionately remembered as Slam Dunk Mike for his unique use of his elbow in defying gravity when one extra Slalom buoy made all the difference!

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