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. https://youtu.be/jB6LSutMtAc YouTube https://youtu.be/jB6LSutMtAc On the video there are two voices, Tony Lightfoot and Taylor … Continue reading Mike Royal Audio Slalom Highlights
The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) ratified my pending World Slalom Record from the 2019 Disabled World Championships with a score of 5.50/58/12.00 which is a New World V1 Men’s Slalom Record. Thank you to the organizers and all who volunteered at the World Championships, the IWWF for their review, and everyone else who supported me through the … Continue reading World Record Ratified
In case the below photo of me skiing is not enough for you, here is the link to the Water Ski Broadcasting Company produced 2019 World Disabled Water Ski Championships video. You can watch me skiing between 3:52:49 - 4:04:49 and the podium presentation starts at 8:33:58. Photo by Mike's daughter, Taylor Royal.
The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team won the gold medal at the 14th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Disabled Water Ski World Championships, July 25-28, in Skarnes, Norway. I won the gold medal in Vision Impaired Men slalom (5.50/58/12.00), my slalom score skied in the finals ties the existing World Record. I also won the bronze … Continue reading Successful World Championships
A co-worker found an article about me in an old magazine that was internally published by Anadarko back in December 2002. The text of the article is below, but first a few updates: The child we were expecting was a girl, who is 16 now. I currently have very limited light perception and use screen … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
All Play and No Work Would Make Mike Royal Broke Fortunately, my job with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in The Woodlands, Texas allows me some flexibility to train and the cash flow to compete. Most of my work can be accomplished using my laptop. This allows me to arrive late or leave a bit early one … Continue reading Story from Anadarko
Finally, finally, finally...It took me 20 years to make a team that will represent the United States at an international competition. Putting this site together reminded me of the many people that have helped me along the way. A Special thank you goes out to my family and friends for putting up with my never … Continue reading Special Thanks