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Thomas Degasperi

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Waterski Magazine
460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200
Winter Park, Florida 32789
United States

 
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Thomas Degasperi's 5-hour ENERGY Commercial
Two-time world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi appears in 5-hour ENERGY's latest commercial, introducing a new, limited edition, specially marked raspberry flavor of 5-hour ENERGY.
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We enlisted Malibu Boats skiers Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi and Regina Jaquess to share some things you can do right now to get your body, boat and gear ready for a summer full of fun and personal [...]
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Andy Mapple, who just turned 50 at the end of last year, will compete against Thomas Degasperi, Will Asher, Chris Parrish and Nate Smith in mid-February at Gordon Rathbun's Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico.
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Video: Thomas Degasperi And The TXi
Watch Malibu Boats' Thomas Degasperi ski the 2013 Malibu Response TXi, including some crazy helicopter footage. 2013 Malibu Boat Guide Get more Malibu with the 2013 Malibu Boat Guide.
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Experience what it's like to ski the record-setting Malibu Response TXi through the eyes of Thomas Degasperi.
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Malibu's Thomas Degasperi took fourth place with 5 @ 39 off.
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Building liquid walls and creating opportunities to grow the sport like his 5-Hour Energy commerical, Thomas Degasperi's captured training on a typical day at his ski school in Windermere, Florida. Photo billdoster.com
When Thomas Degasperi emailed 5-Hour Energy team manager Justin Blackman about the possibility of joining the team, he knew his chances were slim. "But what did I have to lose? Degasperi says. "The worst thing he could say was no."
And that's pretty much what was stated in Blackman's email response, other than he was sending him some complimentary product. Degasperi politely thanked him for the free 5-Hour E
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And just like that, a sponsorship contract was signed, and a couple months later, Degasperi was swerving for a national 5-Hour Energy commercial.
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In early October, Degasperi was part of a 5-Hour Energy team event at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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I think I did OK," Degasperi says.
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Thomas Degasperi receives his first golf lesson from 16-time PGA champion Jim Furyk.
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Degasperi really hit it off with Waltrip.
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Team 5-Hour Energy athletes (left to right) Michael Waltrip, Thomas Degasperi, and Jim Furyk.
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With Degasperi's water-ski media exposure on the 2012 season of Italy's version of Dancing With the Stars and his 5-Hour Energy commercial, perhaps more people will take notice.
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To ski with Degasperi, read him at: thomskier@hotmail.com
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Thomas Degasperi's 5-hour ENERGY Commercial
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Video: Thomas Degasperi And The TXi
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Video: Thomas Degasperi on the 2007 Goode 9800
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One-Handed Gate with Thomas Degasperi
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Video: Thomas Degasperi on Channel 9
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From a public lake in Italy to a college in the U.S. to a run this past summer into 43 off, Thomas Degasperi has come a long way - and he's still far from finished.
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This is Thomas Degasperi, previously known as "that tall Italian skier who's pretty good" or, to the female students on the University of Louisiana-Monroe campus, "that tall Italian skier who's pretty cute."
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Still, Degasperi's is now a name that everyone should know, especially since that one run likely wasn't an isolated event, but a sign of more to come.
"People are looking at me with different eyes," Degasperi says a few weeks later, his Italian accent softened after four years at an American college."They expect more from me now."
He's ready to deliver.Degasperi's whole life has led him to this brink of fame, ever since he got on the water at his dad's ski school on Caldonazzo Lake in northern Italy.It was just like any public lake in America - well, except for the view of the Alps, the 11th-century castle of the counts von Trapp and the town rule that his dad's Correct Crafts were and are the only boats allowed on the deep lake.
His dad, Marco, retired in his mid-30s from teaching physics and dedicated himself to skiing, running the school, competing and passing on that love to Thomas, who started skiing when he was 5.In his age group, he won a national title at 10 and the European championship at 14.Yet in those years, longtime European instructor Thomas Gustafson, who photographed Degasperi for this issue, remembers a young skier who was a little "stubby."
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Degasperi grew up, in every sense."When I was 15," he says, "I started taking it more seriously and got better and better - and then it becomes your life."
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From age 15 to age 17, Degasperi improved his world junior ranking from 46th to fourth.He was enjoying success throughout Italy and Europe as he got taller, culminating in a fourth place in slalom at the 2001 World Championships, held in his home country.
Degasperi wanted to build on that by skiing in the winter, something that would require him to leave his dad's ski school - and the home cooking at his mom Traudi's restaurant.He called up the McCormick Ski School outside Tampa, Florida, to see if he could practice there and help drive boats.In the meantime, he had become a lock recruit for ULM, skiing's most decorated college program.Fellow Italian Fred Minnelli was already on Monroe's team and really wanted Degasperi to join.In Degasperi's fourth month at McCormick's, he signed with ULM.
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I have to start over in another country," Degasperi says.
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That October, Degasperi earned a second-place finish in men's slalom at the 2002 collegiate nationals, helping ULM to its 17th national title.By the time his birthday came in January, he had new friends to toast his 22nd year.
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But rather than build on his accomplishments, Degasperi spent three months of 2003 on the sidelines as he recovered from a neck injury.
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Also during the past three years, Degasperi has worked on preparing "how do you say, psycho-, psycholo-" - psychologically."Yes, psychologically, mentally," he says after his only English stumble in this entire conversation."I used to get really nervous before a tournament.Now I try to be calm and be aggressive and not think about the crowd, the music, the other competitors."
As Degasperi retooled, ULM won another national title in 2004.And on the strength of his own top finishes, mostly at European tournaments, and the 3 at 41 off run he could pull out on occasion, Degasperi's world ranking climbed to fifth.
Dodd saw he was going all out in his final year at ULM: "Up until this past year, he'd run 39 in the odd tournament.In practice, our lake is rolly, one of the toughest lakes to slalom anywhere, but Thomas would be running 4 at 41 - like the second week of training last fall."
At the 2005 collegiate nationals, Degasperi claimed the slalom crown.But this past spring came the final tweaks that elevated his skiing (see "How He Got Into 43 Off").In June, France's Eurolac ski site hosted the Lena Cup tournament.Degasperi had a run of 5½ at 41 off, besting not just the 12 other European competitors but every other score so far this year.
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When the smoke cleared after the final round, there was a first-place tie at 3 at 41 off among Jason Paredes of the United States, Britain's Glenn Campbell and, yes, Thomas Degasperi.
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In the runoff, Degasperi was first off the dock and powered to that score heard round the world: 1 at 43 off.After that, no one else made it out of 39.
Rather than being universally celebrated, though, Degasperi heard grumblings, especially from the message board on skifly.com, that his scores at Eurolac and Ski West weren't fully legit."I'm happy that I proved what I can do.In front of everybody, I ran 41," he says.
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This fall, Degasperi will actually be back at ULM for a last semester toward his marketing degree, though his sports eligibility has been used up.
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The buzz around Degasperi will follow him wherever he goes from now on.Can he break the world record?Is he really one of the best skiers ever?"That might make me a little more nervous," he says, "but I'm sure going to work on it."
How He Got Into 43 OffThomas Degasperi's Italian coach, Andrea Alessi, encouraged him to adopt the one-handed gate.
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Degasperi also switched skis, from the Goode 9600 to the 9700."Trying the one-handed gate and the ski at the same time was super-confusing," he says, laughing now."I went to the Masters and I fell.I went to the Slalom Shootout in Orlando and I fell."He went back to the 9600 and back to Italy after the school year.That's when it all came together."The one-handed gate was helping me get wider on 1 ball and carry more speed through a gate," he says.
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Video: Thomas Degasperi And The TXi
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Watch Malibu Boats' Thomas Degasperi ski the 2013 Malibu Response TXi, including some crazy helicopter footage.
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