Whitney McClintock ascends to water ski gold on the Pan Am podium

In a day where the Canadian water ski team captured six medals at the Pan Am Games, half of such an impressive medal haul is attributed to Whitney McClintock. Continuing Canada’s streak of 13 consecutive days of competition with a gold medal, McClintock’s gold took place on the women’s slalom. Adding to the magic was the fact that it was Canada’s 65th gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, breaking the previous Pan Am Games record for Canada of 64 gold medals set at 1999 in Winnipeg.

Complementing such a milestone for McClintock were two silver medals in the women’s tricks and jumps. As a side note, her brother Jaosn is also a member of the water ski team, brining home silver in the men’s slalom.

One of the great thrills in McClintock’s Pan Am Games experience was the chance to call the legendary Jaret Llewellyn a teammate. Not only did he grab silver in the men’s tricks, but it signified the 11th Pan Am Games medal of his career.

McClintock has also accumulated an impressive share of Pan Am Medals. Having first joined the national team in 2003 when she was entering her teens, she has claimed seven Pan Am medals (prior to 2015) in her career, of which three were golden. Her first two Pan Am gold medals were earned in 2007, where she debuted as a 17 year-old competitior.

In addition to her sterling Pan Am career, she has won five world championships in women’s water ski. Back in 2009, the world championships were held on Canadian soil, representing a great milestone in McClintock’s career. Winning four gold medals at the event, she was only 19 years old, testament to her strong future ahead.

Also recognized as the IWWF Female Athlete of the Year in 2009, she comes from a strong bloodline of accomplished athletes. Her uncle Joel captured a water ski world title in 1979, while her aunt Judy also carved a Hall of Fame career. Earning a degree in Sports and Fitness from the University of Central Florida, she also works as an online fitness coach.

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