Mike Royal Audio Slalom Highlights

Let me give a huge shout out to my daughter, Taylor, for capturing this exciting footage from the 2019 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships.

She also added audio description, closed caption, and the following transcript to make the video more accessible.




 
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On the video there are two voices, Tony Lightfoot and Taylor Royal. Tony is the primary announcer for the 2019 IWWF World Disabled Waterski Championships and has a male British voice, while Taylor audio describes the skiing passes and the podium, and has a female American voice.

All right then now we have continuing coverage of the day at the 2019 IWWF world championships for the disabled. This is Tony Lightfoot with The Waterski Broadcasting Company. Slalom athletes are about to take to the water. This is the audio Slalom for visually impaired competitors. And, our first competitor out is going to be Mike Royal. Because of the audio base nature of this event there has to be silence from here on out. Mike Royal USA.

Begin Audio Description:

Mike Royal getting pulled up behind the Ski Nautique on his Goode ski. He pulls out to setup his gate shot…crosses the wake, through the gates…to one…back through the wake…two…back to the wake…over to three…back to the wake…four…back to the wake…five…back to the wake…to six…back to the wake and out the exit gates for a complete pass.

:End Audio Description

all right then that was mike royal at 14.25 meters for his opening pass. I believe that was at 55K as well. We will get a confirmation on the speed and the line length, I know the line length was indeed 14.25 meters. And, for those of you who are new there is a new system is in place called the Cronos System, which more accurately simulate the physical dimensions of a slalom course and puts it closer to reality within the virtual world so to speak. You will hear discernible beeps as to when the skier is actually made it round a particular turn and then there are beeps that occur when the skier has made the initial pull out, the initial glide, and the turn in for the gate. All the things that you would ordinarily associate with a fully sighted slalom skier, brought within the virtual world of the visually impaired.

ok so he started at 55K the rope line the line length still stays at 14.25 meters. silence now at 58.

Begin Audio Description:

Mike pulls out for his gate shot …crosses the wake, through the gates…to one…back through the wake…two…back to the wake…over to three…back to the wake…four…back to the wake…five…back to the wake…to six…back to the wake and out the exit gates for a complete pass again. Loses it a little, but it is a complete pass.

:End Audio Description

Alright, excellent stuff, great stuff there from mike royal at 58K 14.25 meters…doing a fantastic job staying with the course as it were so. That was at 58 km (36 miles per hour) with the line length 14.25 meters, an now going to get shorted down to 13 meters. It’s going to up the intensity and just really kick those senses into overdrive. I mean he certainly got the skills and certainly has the poise out there. And, we’ll see if he can use both to get through 13 meters.

from Magnolia in Texas in the united states. His personal best is 5 1/2 on 13 meters and guess what that is the pass that is going to be coming up. Mike Royal 13 meters. Let’s see how he gets on.

Begin Audio Description:

Alright, Mike Royal is pulling out for his gate shot …crosses the wake, through the gates…over to one, got one…back through the wake…two…back to the wake…over to three…back to the wake…four…back to the wake…around five…back to the wake…to six…back to the wake and out the exit gates for a complete pass. Nice fist pump there at the end.

:End Audio Description

Alright, great effort there from Mike Royal! mike Royal on 13 meters and I suspect he’s run that pass, we will get confirmation from officials. His personal best is 5 1/ half on 13 meters. It is a six buoy count confirm for Mike Royal on 13…it’s a new PB. So, Mike Royal new PB and now were into uncharted territory for Mike Royal. This is 12 meters, 12 meters, for a visually handicapped slalom skier. Now, if I’m reading these personal, if I’m reading these records correctly, the record for V1 is 5 1/2 on 12 meters and this is where we are…12 meters Mike Royal.

Begin Audio description:

Alright, pulling out for his gate shot …crosses the wake, through the gates…to one…back through the wake…two…back to the wake…to three…back to the wake…four…back to the wake…five, around five…back to the wake…to six…back to the wake…but, it does not look like Mike made it back to the wakes in time to score the exit gate.

End Audio Description

A sent-elating effort there from Mike Royal.
I believe his run is over. We will get confirmation on the score. this is 12 meters.

Alright, the score has come through it’s 5 1/2 on 12 meters. It equals the world record! And, as it equals the world record we need to confiscate that rope.

So, Mike Royal right from the get go has just stomped on the existing world record score 5 1/2 on 12 meters.

Now, winner gold medalists and world visually impaired men’s slalom champion with a tie for the world record with 5 1/2 on 12 meters at 58 kilometer per hour. From the United States of America Mike Royal!

(Applause.)

Begin Audio Description:

Mike Royal is guided up to the podium by fellow team member Craig Timm, to take the top spot on the podium between two fellow skiers. He is awarded the gold medal.

:End Audio Description

now last time please be outstanding for the Star-Spangled Banner.

(Instrumental version of Star-Spangled Banner plays.)

(Applause.)

Ladies and gentlemen presented to you once again Visually Impaired Men Slalom. In third place, Bjorn Gulbrandsen; in second place, Daniele Cassioli; and your winner from the United States of America, Mike Royal

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