Oct 25, 2021 - Sports
From the archives: Minnesota's waterskiing contribution
Minnesota's spot in history as the birthplace of waterskiing might soon get some extra recognition.
Driving the news: Three members of Minnesota's congressional delegation — U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and U.S. Rep. Angie Craig — recently introduced a resolution urging the Postal Service to create a commemorative stamp honoring next year's 100th anniversary of the sport.
Flashback: Ralph Samuelson of Lake City was credited with inventing water skiing on Lake Pepin in the summer of 1922.
- After "several failed attempts," the then-18-year-old rode the waves "aboard a pair of nine-foot-long pine planks from the local lumberyard," as the Minnesota Historical Society recounts. He mastered a jump just three years later and began performing ski shows.
- Samuelson, who never patented his invention, became a turkey farmer after injuring himself on the water.
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