Natallia Berdnikava
 

In the year 2004, the Belarus native moved to the United States in pursuit of furthering  her education. While attending the University of Louisiana Monroe, Natallia represented her beloved country on the water ski team by  bringing home a 3rd in the jump event  at the U.S. Open,  a 3rd place finish at the European Championship as well as silver and bronze medals at the World Championships. In addition she also took home the gold at one of water skiings most prestigious events, the U.S. Masters. Following these wins in 2008 Natallia graduated from the University of Louisiana Monroe with two degrees in both marketing and management. After competing her studies, Natallia continued to excel in her sport and her career started to soar. Natallia won the trick and jump events as well as claiming a 2nd place finish in the overall event at the U.S. Masters. In 2009 she became the World Trick Record Holder and the first female to trick over 9000 points. That same year she also won the European Championships.  Determined to out do herself, Natallia  surpassed her own expectations and  became a four time World Champion and was 2011 Athlete of the year.  By 2012 Natallia had collected multiple U.S., European and Moomba Masters as well as Malibu open victories. She is the current World Overall Record Holder setting 8 world records in total. Most recently Natallia has managed to get on the podium  at every event she has entered regardless of her multiple knee injuries. When asked about her success in the sport she  gives credit to her two biggest fans, her mother and her brother. She also gives credit to Arkadiy Genov her coach from Belarus and Jack Travers her coach in the U.S. She would also like to acknowledge her sponsors Nautique Boats, Goodman Jump Skis and Camaro Wetsuits. Natallia recently mentioned that she would not be the person she is today without the unconditional support from her husband Jon and his family. 

 

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