Chile’s Felipe Miranda celebrates world water ski title

‘I achieved my dream’ says first Chilean to become overall world water ski champion after victory on home water.

Felipe “Pipe” Miranda has fulfilled the promise shown early on in his career as the one time junior and under-21 world champion won the Overall Gold medal at the 2013 World Water Ski Championships earlier this month.

Miranda became the first Chilean to claim the honor, doing so on home waters at Santiago’s Lago Los Morros.

“It’s been a long week, it’s been a long year, but luckily I achieved my dream, a dream that I have shared with my family,” the waterskier told CNN Chile. “It was a personal ambition, but my family and many other people shared in the many years of hard work which led to this triumph.”

With 2,872 points the Chilean was a clear-cut table-topper, followed by Argentine Javier Julio with 2,778 points and Czech Martin Kolman with 2,774.

Australian Jacinta Carroll and U.S. waterskier Freddy Krueger were the women’s and men’s champions in the Jump competition, Team USA’s Nate Smith and Regina Jaquess were Slalom winners while Belarusian Aliaksei Zharnasek and Erika Lang of the U.S. were Trick champions.

Jaquess and Miranda were the Overall champs, when points from all three categories were combined.

“When you compete in the specialty events you compete against the best of those specialities, who dedicate themselves every day to tricks, to jumps or to slalom — whereas I dedicate myself to all three,” the Chilean said.

The Chilean closed the event on Sunday, Dec. 1 with the pressure off for Miranda, who had the title in the bag after the first two events. He jumped 65.2 meters to claim sixth place in the final of that category.

“I had a great championship,” he said immediately afterwards. “The points I received where very close to what we thought would be ideal and which we knew would take me to top spot.”

After traveling to Bogata, Colombia, to compete in the final leg of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Jump Tour, Miranda said he would be focusing “100 percent” on the upcoming South American Games, to be held in Santiago next year.