Water Ski Trends in Elite Water Skiing (Top 20), from 1998 to 2021

LuzzLuzz Posts: 635 Open or Level 9 Skier
Back at it after a couple of years off. If you are not familiar with this, you can see past editions here and here.
This time, getting some good data was messy as, due to COVID, the IWWF Tournament Council decided the following:
  • The 2020 ranking list was the average of the two best scores across both 2019 and 2020. Here, I used exactly those averages
  • The 2021 ranking list only considered the best score (not average). Here, I inputed averages of the two best scores and, importantly, if a skier had a single score for the season and that score was among the top 20 averages, I retained the skier.
As always, the data is available for anyone to check.

I will be posting graphs in the next few days :smile:

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  • ghutchghutch Posts: 209 Solid Baller
    @lpskier I whole heartedly agree. I've heard the same statement from a men's pro skier say about the same thing about Nate. According to him it pretty much was the "Nate donation".
    adamhcaldwellrandy meny
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,783 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @adamhcaldwell And we know who is leading the charge!
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
    adamhcaldwell
  • LuzzLuzz Posts: 635 Open or Level 9 Skier
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    Next up, Men Slalom. Maybe a visual surprise given how fierce the competition was at all the events. However, this is a good reminder of the difference between tight competition outcomes and performances. The people know well enough this difference from other discussions, so I'll leave it at that. There might be a little COVID effect here, but realistically slalom skiers weren't short of tournaments at great sites last year (different, as we'll see, for tricks and jump).
    A few numbers:
    • For 2021, 20 scores are averages, 0 were single scores.
    • Widest top-bottom gap: 1998 (4.6)
    • Narrowest top-bottom gap: 2006 (1.55)
    • Top score of 2021 season: [email protected] (73.5)
    andjulesDW
  • LuzzLuzz Posts: 635 Open or Level 9 Skier
    edited February 6
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    Next, Women trick. Here the trend that jumps out visually is the consistently increasing gap between the Top5 and the rest of the field. Additionally, this is one of those events that suffered from lack of competitive opportunities during 2020/2021. By opportunities I don't necessarily mean big events, which occurred to a degree. More so the RC and L events where trickers go to push their runs or test new ones.

    A few numbers:
    For 2021, 17 scores are averages, 3 were single scores (1 utilized for Top5, one for Bottom5).
    Widest top-bottom gap: 1998 (4.6)
    Narrowest top-bottom gap: 2021 (3346)
    Top score of 2021 season: 10840
    andjulesDW
  • LuzzLuzz Posts: 635 Open or Level 9 Skier
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    Moving along with Men Tricks. Akin to Women Slalom, this is another graph that "makes sense" after the season we witnessed last year. Notice how the Top20 average (11217.25) is the highest of all time, Top5 and Top20 have been improving steadily in the last 5 years, and the general trend across the last 23 years is that the Top20 competition is getting tighter than ever! Interesting to compared these merging trend lines with Women Tricks where they are diverging over time.

    A few numbers:
    • For 2021, 18 scores are averages, 2 were single scores.
    • Widest top-bottom gap: 1998 (984.61)
    • Narrowest top-bottom gap: 2020 (490.58) (here the argument could be made that this is due to the 2020 RL using 2019 and 2020 scores combined. However, 2021 comes right after with 498.36)
    • Top score of 2021 season: 12280
    andjulesDW
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