Mike Holt 
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  Name: Mike Holt Nickname: Holtzy  
  Hails From: Groveland, Florida USA    
Interview
  What got you into officiating?
I was never interested in officiating, but one day I came to realize that there was only one Judge in the Southern Region of the USA - Dale Stevens. This meant that if he didn't show up, then we didn't have a tournament; and when he did, he had to remain in the boat the entire day. I realized that to continue the sport I loved, I would need to start to contribute rather than to only take.
  Why do you continue to officiate?
We now have many more Judges, Scorers, and Drivers, but I continue to participate because I know I'm giving back to a sport that I love. Also I get the best seat in the house, I get to watch all of the great footers - KSO, Smallzy, AJ, Ben G, Ash, Peter Fleck, ect.
  Who has inspired you in this sport?
Every person in barefooting inspires me, but those that stand out include George Blair, Oscar Footman, Dale Stevens, and Richard Gray.
  What skiers have you enjoyed watching and why?
I've been blessed to have skied with or judged the best in the world, they include Mike Seiple, Brian Fuchs, Don Mixon Jr., Peter Fleck, Keith St. Onge, Davie Small, Ben Groen, Ash Stebbings, Mike Bontti, and especially Rick and Lorie Powell.
  Do you have a nickname and how did you get it?
Since the first year of footing, I've been called "Holtzy," I received that nickname from Mike Seiple when I trained with him for a few years in the early 1980's.
  What other activities do you participate in?
I was into motocross racing for five years, but after too many trips to the hospital, I had to exit that sport. Then it was oval track car racing for seven years, never really figured out the 'set up' to be competitive. So I've decided to focus on Barefoot Water-Skiing as the sport of my life.
I've won seven National USA over all titles, almost 20 gold metals, qualified four times for Worlds.
  What is your motto?
Do my best at all times, and not worry about the results.
  List your key appointments at Major Tournaments
Nothing special here - I've judged at one National USA Championship, and informally scored at the 2014 World Championships for the Elite Men.
 


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