2016 Water Skiing National Championship come to Caldwell

Posted at 11:14 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 01:14:42-04

World-Class athletes may be competing right now  in Rio, but some of the best Water Skiers in the country are going toe-to-toe toe right here in the Gem State. Caldwell is hosting the 2016 Water Skiing National Championships. It's a sport perfect for the young and the young at heart. Just ask  72-year-old twin sisters Janis and Janet, these water ski jumping grandmas have 100 years experience combined. And they wouldn't give it up for the world.

"Once we started it we just kept at it. That's the secret you don't want to stop because then things stiffen up and things don't move right," The twins explained.

They are just two of the 575 water skiers from all over the country competing in Caldwell all week long.

From slalom to trick and jump, they're all going for gold. It's the first time the event has been held in the Gem State and officials say they wouldn't mind coming back.

"We are proud to be in Idaho, it's been wonderful the people I've met have been great," said chief judge Kirby Wehetsel

Officials say this man-made lake makes it a great place to hold the games. On one sid  you got jumping. The other, slalom. And fun right in the middle

"With both lakes side by side. You don't miss anything you get to see it all,” said Wehtsal.

With events happening until Saturday afternoon, it's not a bad place to soak up the sun,  and a great way to never get old.

"It's kept us young. All this water skiing has kept us young," said the twins.

The event is open to the public.  On Friday they will be holding a night jumping competition starting  at 9:30.