Sylvie Maurial participated in four World Championships as a member of the French water ski team winning the gold medal in slalom in 1973 along with four silver and two bronze medals. In the 1972 Olympic Games demonstration, Sylvie was the Olympic champion in jumping and won a bronze medal in tricks. She has remained active in water skiing since her retirement, serving for over a decade on the board of the French Water Ski Federation and as an active judge. Sylvie and her husband, Jean Michel Jamin, developed the famous water ski training center in Lacaneau, France. They recently organized the French Masters at that site and had the pleasure of watching their daughter extend the family's winning ways to another generation.
Ricky McCormick was one of the best-known skiers in the sport during a career of 25 years. He entered his first U.S. Nationals at the age of eight in 1960, and skied in all of the next 23 National Championships. Beginning as a trick specialist, Ricky quickly developed strength in all three events, winning eight U.S. National overall titles and the overall in four U.S. Masters. Ricky was a member of the U.S. water ski team six times, winning gold medals in tricks in 1971 and jumping in 1973. Other World medals included four silvers and three bronzes. In the 1972 Olympic Games demonstration, Ricky won gold medals in both tricks and jumping, an achievement that he regards as the highlight of his skiing career.
Jeanette Stewart-Wood was a member of the British water ski team for the World Championships three times, including the 1967 tournament in Sherbrooke, Canada, where she became both World Jumping and Overall champion. Her other World medal was a silver in the jumping event in 1965. Although her skiing career spanned less than a decade, she dominated the women's division in Europe, winning eight European overall and event titles during that period.
Glenn Thurlow made his mark in the history of water skiing when he became the first skier to break the 200-foot distance in jumping, setting a World record in 1983 of 61.57m, or 202 feet. This singular feat, like the four-minute mile, seems to have broken a barrier for the few other elite jumpers who had been shooting for that distance. Glenn represented Australia in eight World Championships from 1973 to 1987. During that period he won four silver and two bronze medals in the jumping event. Since his retirement from competition in 1989 Glenn has served as Coaching Director at Junior and Senior levels in Australia and was the Australian National Team captain and coach from 1987-1989.
The five honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the evening of September 18, 2003 in Polk City, Florida, during the dedication ceremonies for the International Hall of Fame gallery as part of the Water Ski Museum and Hall of Fame.