Vogts dedicated to skiing since diaper days

The Vogt family.

Dave and Christi Vogt love water skiing so much, they would bring their children out on the boat before they could even walk.

As soon as they were old enough to stand on skis and hold a rope, their three boys and one girl were skiing.

“They would sit in their baby seats (on the boat) while we water skied,” Christi said. “As soon as they could hold onto the handle, they would ski in their diapers.

“We would travel to competitions and camp overnight. It’s a healthy environment and a great group of people.”

The boys are grown and out of the house, but Kiani and her dad were competing Saturday in the Clean Slate at the Lake at Lake Mirage. They were among 42 participants.

The event continues today.

Although Kiani, 15, is the only one competing in girls category 3 (age 17-under), she is still competing to establish a high average to qualify for nationals next summer. This is the first qualifying event for the 2010 nationals. The 2009 nationals took place last week.

Kiani has competed in nationals before and is currently ranked 10th in the Western Region.

“The whole family is very competitive,” she said. “It helps me to do better.”

Her brother, Shane, 18, is a sophomore at the University of Colorado and competes on the water ski club team.

Bobby, 24, lives in Grand Junction and does water ski stunts, but couldn’t make Saturday’s water ski competition.

David, 26, lives in Orlando, Fla., and travels the world working for a water ski stunt company.

Dave, 48, had his personal best run Saturday with a six buoys at 35 feet off in men’s category 4 (age 45-52).

“I’ve been skiing well the last couple weeks,” he said. “I knew this was finally coming.”

“He’s been working on it for 13 years,” Christi said.

“Every now and then you get a bone,” he responded. “Everyone hits a plateau at some point.

I’ve been knocking at the door to do better. I finally got over that hump.”

As a result, Dave will be in good shape to qualify for nationals next summer. The top 20 season averages in each category qualify for nationals.

“I think I’ll be OK,” he said. “I’ll be checking Sunday night.”

He had just as much fun watching his daughter ski and to the Vogts, that’s what it’s all about.

“I don’t think there’s a better sport for the family,” he said. “It’s a neat thing. Everyone gets their time to shine.

“Everyone pushes each other. It’s just as much excitement to watch people learn as it is to ski yourself.”

Kiani enjoys having a good time at the lake and meeting new friends as much, if not more, than winning.

“I remember hanging out with friends and having fun,” she said. “I didn’t worry about how bad I did or how good.”

Kiani has met several boys and girls her age at water skiing competitions and formed friendships.

“I keep in touch with everyone in Denver,” she said. “We help each other and cheer each other on.”


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