With all the improvements in skis, training and boats, I was surprised watching Men 3 Slalom on Sunday that the top performances were nearly an exact match to the 1985 Nationals in De Quoin Illinois. I am pretty sure M3 was for age 35-44 in both tournaments. The Pro Skiers have taken the slalom event to entirely new heights and the 50+ ages have advanced considerably over the last 35 years. Site Conditions looked similar, except there was some breeze on Sunday but with no wind affect on the water.
Any speculation on why the performances weren't better for this event after 37 years ?
EDIT CORRECTION: There were actually 5 Skiers who completed 35off in '85. I forgot about David Benzel who didn't get to 38off because he couldn't catch the slack after the exit gate at 35off.
Home of the world's first submersible slalom course.