Despite heavy rain at the outset - only 16 tickets were sold on the opening day - competitors went undaunted into the finals of the 17-nation European Waterski Championships at Vienna's "Winterhafen", August 14-16.
Despite heavy rain at the outset - only 16 tickets were sold on the opening day - competitors went undaunted into the finals of the 17-nation European Waterski Championships at Vienna's "Winterhafen", August 14-16. On the final day - the sun shone again - and 3,500 spectators saw Austrian water-skiers in brilliant form as they scored a double victory in the Ladies Jumping Competition.
Title holder, Miss Renate Hansluvka of Austria, finished first before her 17-year-old compatriot Miss Rita Kabath. Miss Hansluvka also secured second place in the slalom and third place in the figure event.
Italian lady competitor Castelvetri won two events - the figure competition and the slalom and in the mens' figure competition Frenchmen scored twice with Muller in first place and Logut second. Zaccardi of Italy was third. Later, Zaccardi went on to win the mens' jumping event with magnificent skill. There were several crashes in this competition and Kinder of Belgium was rendered unconscious. If it had not been for his special life-jacket - made compulsory for competitors this year - Kinder would have been in serious trouble.
Nations competing in the Championships were from Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Morocco, onaco, Rhodesia, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Holland, Switzerland and Austria.