The Janzig sisters grew up driving within the wake of their father’s ardour for water snowboarding, accumulating state championship data and Sophie serves because the College of Minnesota’s Water Ski Group president.
Sophie, a sophomore on the College, continues to compete collegiately on the Division II degree within the Midwest Collegiate Water Ski Affiliation and independently by the American Water Ski Affiliation (AWSA). In earlier years, she has positioned in nationwide competitions by performances in each leagues, performances that earned her two spots within the state championship file ebook for the slalom and trick occasions.
Sophie’s older sister, Hannah Janzig, graduated from the College in 2022. Earlier than her enrollment, she earned two spots within the file ebook, each within the trick occasion. Since then she has continued to compete and assist in the transition to get the ski staff organized.
The rationale for his or her successes might be traced to College alumni and the pair’s father, Darren Janzig.
His love for water snowboarding started by studying the way to ski at his household’s cabin and studying books from his native bookstore. By AWSA, he discovered what aggressive water snowboarding appeared like and has been hooked ever since.
Darren is a extremely achieved water skier, holding a number of championship data in slalom and trick, along with his most up-to-date file coming in 2020.
He took his ardour for water snowboarding and began to show his children once they have been about two years outdated, studying to ski alongside their father.
In the course of the summer time, the household would pack lunches and spend all day on the lake, snowboarding till sundown. On weekends, they typically went to competitions the entire household participated in.
The household later moved to a property to make sure their capability to coach at the next degree. This web site has two man-made lakes designed particularly for aggressive water snowboarding. Hannah recalled rising up on the lake “loving with the ability to develop and excel collectively by competitions.”
At the moment, Darren stays Hannah and Sophie’s head coach.
“Not lots of people get to spend day by day with their teenage children,” Darren mentioned. “I’m so lucky and grateful to spend day by day having enjoyable with my children.”
The College’s Water Ski Membership focuses on educating folks with restricted water snowboarding expertise who wish to be on a staff. They prepare on Janzig’s household lake beneath Sophie and infrequently Darren’s steerage. Sophie loves the staff and encourages all ability ranges to affix.
The coaching seems completely different on the staff than it does for Sophie. Normally, coaching includes constructing a basis encompassing all elements of snowboarding. When she is coaching individually, Sophie focuses on repetition and mastering the ability she is engaged on earlier than transferring on to a different ability.
“I attempt as onerous as I can throughout observe. Some folks like a little bit little bit of enjoyable and a little bit little bit of seriousness of their observe. I really feel like I like a little bit little bit of each,” Sophie mentioned.
Because the Minnesota Water Ski Group has such an in depth vary of skiers, Sophie continues to compete on her personal along with being on the staff. The type and formatting of competitions are the identical on the collegiate degree and with AWSA.
Sophie continues to coach together with her father most days and needs to proceed water snowboarding in Minnesota for so long as attainable.