Show Ski Champion Cheryl Orloff to Be Enshrined in the Water Ski Hall of Fame

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Cheryl Orloff, whose illustrious career included winning five national swivel titles and being named Cypress Gardens’ Female Skier of the Year five times, will be the American Water Ski Educational Foundation’s 2014 Hall of Fame inductee. The 32nd annual induction ceremony will take place April 12 at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla.

Show Skiing Champion Cheryl Orloff will be inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame

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The American Water Ski Educational Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce that all-time show ski great and five-time US-National Swivel Champion Cheryl Orloff will be the 67th inductee into the AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame. Each year a selection committee assembles a ballot of deserving nominees across four categories: Competitive water skiers, Water skiing pioneers, Water skiing officials and Show skiing.

Orloff, of Winter Haven, Florida, will all be enshrined among the greatest legends of the sport at the 32nd annual induction ceremony set to take place on April 12th, 2014 at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida. The 2014 Award of Distinction Members will be announced this week.

"I am very excited and honored to be recognized as a show skier and to be a part of an elite group of athletes and extraordinary people who have worked so hard to promote the sport of water skiing," Orloff said.

Orloff’s illustrious 30+ year show skiing career includes national swivel title at the Show Ski National Championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998 and 1999. She also won the Southern Regionals’ swivel title six times. She was the All-American swivel champion four times and the doubles champion two times. She was named Cypress Gardens Female Skier of the Year in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1996.

Orloff began skiing in 1979 with the Brown’s Lake Aquaducks in Burlington, Wis. and continued at Marine World Africa USA and Cypress Gardens. Throughout her career, Orloff performed in ski shows and tournaments throughout the United States and across the globe. Her contributions both on and off the water did not go unrecognized by the water ski community.

At the same time Orloff was building a successful show skiing career, she also became a true innovator of her sport. Orloff revolutionized swivel skiing- accomplishing many first-time achievements, including the 720 overhead, 1080 overhead, 540 overhead to press and 1440 overhead. She also was the first to do a shoulder-to-shoulder handstand on water, and she was part of the first 5-tier pyramid and first 20-girl swivel ballet line.

Off the water, Orloff has dedicated her time to working with the National Show Ski Association in developing new judging systems for swivel and doubles, and has devoted countless hours not only to judging clinics, but also to swivel and doubles clinics, mentoring several national-caliber competitors.

“Our 2014 Hall of Fame inductee represents an extraordinary combination of athletic prowess, innovation and dedication at the highest level of our sport,” says AWSEF President Paul Chapin. “We’re proud to welcome Cheryl as an honored member of the AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame.”

The purpose of the Water Ski Hall of Fame is to honor and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of skiers, pioneers and officials whose dedication and competitive achievements at national and international levels have brought lasting fame to the sport of water skiing. Four categories of membership have been approved by the AWSEF’s board of trustees: competitive water skiers, including participants in traditional water skiing, barefoot skiing, ski racing and any other nationally competitive individual discipline recognized by USA Water Ski and approved by the AWSEF board of trustees; water skiing pioneers; water skiing officials; and show skiing. For eligibility requirements and more information, visit the official Web site of the AWSEF at

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