At this year's U.S.S.R. waterskiing events in Rybinsk, Marina Cheresova and Sergei Ostroumov turned in?
GV EXTERIOR Flags flying outside Aquatic Sports Stadium at Rybinsk
GV Lake with launch towing water skier with spectators in foreground
MV Skiers preparing on jetty
MV Marina Cheresova, European record holder preparing for skiing
MV Launch being prepared
MV Cheresova skiing, and performing half turns on one ski with rope on foot (2 shots)
MV Marina Cheresova performs more half turns with rope held in hand (2 shots)
LV Jumping ramp with Sergei Nizovkin (third in jump event) making jump
LV Anatoli Radushinsky (second in jump) making jump
LV Sergei??? Ostroumov (first in jump and first all-round) making jump
LV Ostroumov making another jump and grandstand in foreground (2 shots)
SPORT: WATER SKIING
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Background: At this year's U.S.S.R. waterskiing events in Rybinsk, Marina Cheresova and Sergei Ostroumov turned in some find performance in the individual and all-round events. European record holder in the figure event, Ms. Cheresova again came top in her even and made second place in the combined tournament. Ostroumov took the first place in the combined tournament.
SYNOPSIS: The flags outside the Rybinsk Aquatic Stadium welcomed the many competitors and spectators to the magnificent setting of this year's U.S.S.R. waterskiing championships. Waterskiing has been attracting an ever widening circle of followers since its introduction over 50 years ago in France.
Waterskiing championships consist of four main events -- slalom, speed, and figure skiing and ski jumping. Of these four, jumping and figure skiing appear the most spectacular and daring.
This is the current European Ladies Figure Skiing champion, Marina Cheresova. Figure skiing championships are characterised by the variety of tricks each skier performs -- and Mr. Cheresova's half turns on one ski show great form. In this event, the skiers are allowed to use special tow bars, and hold on to them with their feet.
The competitors are awarded points according to execution and degree of difficulty. Ms. Cheresova's stylish performance made her the favourite in this event.
One of the most demanding water skiing vents is the jumping. Here the skier attempts to cut straight across his two boat's wake and tries to hit the ramp as he swings out, so the centripetal forces may catapult him over 50 metres (170 feet) through the air. The current world record stands at 54.86 metres (180 feet).
The furthest jump at the U.S.S.R. Championships measured 52.8 metres (140 ft) and was performed by Sergei Ostroumov, who also won first place in the combined tournament.