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GEORGE ATHANS

George Athans
George Athans
George Athans learned some valuable lessons from his numerous triumphs in international water skiing, skills he would use to develop a successful career in television.

''Winning those world titles taught me a lot about hard work, time management, setting and reaching personal goals and also a sense of fair play,'' said Athans. ''Those are things I use daily in my career today. ''

Athans became famous in Canada in the early 1970's earning the overall titles at the 1971 and 1973 world water skiing championships, the first Canadian world champion in the sport since Charles Blackwell in 1953 and only the third ever, at the time, to win consecutive world crowns.

He was bestowed with awards and honours soon afterwards including induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1971, Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and received the Order of Canada, also in 1974.

He was on the national team from 1966 to 1974. He broke 28 Canadian records in his career and won 10 consecutive national titles. Athans says that being among the first inductees into Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada's Hall of Fame is a thrill.

''I'm honored to be recognized among such a select group of outstanding Canadian skiers,'' he said. ''I'm amazed at how well Canada has done in world competition. Few sports have achieved so much success. If I have inspired any of those skiers that followed me then I'm very proud.''

Since his retirement, Athans has managed a successful television career. He kept a high public profile as a sports reporter for CBC Television in Montreal for many years. He still works in the TV business today as an award-winning producer and director.

George Athans

Date of Birth: xx, 1952
Place of Birth: Kelowna, BC

Career Highlights

Awards

National/International Results

Quick Facts

Canadian Records

Open Men
SLALOM
1968 National Championship @ 36' off
1970 National Championship 4 @ 14.25 m (34.5 buoys)
1971 World Championship 1 @ 12.0 m (45 buoys)
1974 National Championship 3 @ 12.0 m (45 buoys)

TRICKS
1967 Team Trials 4519 points
1970 Canadian Masters 5092 points
1974 National Championship 5030 points

JUMP
1968 National Championship 145 ' (44.2 m)
1970 National Championship 157' (47.9 m)
1971 Team Trials 159' (48.5 m)
1972 National Championship 161' (49.1 m)
1973 Quebec Cup 164' (50.0 m)
1974 National Championship 167' (50.9 m)

Boys III
SLALOM
6 @ 24' off

TRICKS
1967 National Championship 4300 points

JUMP
1968 Quebec Open 35.7 m (117') 57 kph

Men I
SLALOM
1968 National Championships @ 36' off (36 mph)
1970 National Championships 4 @ 14.25 m (34.5 buoys)
1971 World Championship 1 @ 12.0 m (43.5 buoys)
1974 National Championship 3 @ 12.0 m (45 buoys)

TRICKS
1970 Canadian Masters 5092 points
1974 National Championship 5030 points

JUMP
1968 National Championship 145 ' (44.2 m)
1970 National Championship 157' (47.9 m)
1971 Team Trials 159' (48.5 m)
1972 National Championship 161' (49.1 m)
1973 Quebec Cup 164' (50.0 m)
1974 National Championship 167' (50.9 m)

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