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Water Skiing: Skiing Grandma still going strong

Kathy Prigge lives a routine life in Breezy Point. The 74-year-old's routine, however, is much different than other people her age. "Every morning, if the weather is nice, I waterski five miles on our lake," Prigge said. "I have my husband to dri...

Kathy Prigge water skis on Ossawinnamakee Lake last week. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video)
Kathy Prigge water skis on Ossawinnamakee Lake last week. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video)

Kathy Prigge lives a routine life in Breezy Point. The 74-year-old's routine, however, is much different than other people her age.

"Every morning, if the weather is nice, I waterski five miles on our lake," Prigge said. "I have my husband to drive the boat at about 30 miles per hour and I usually go for 15 minutes, which is around five miles."

Prigge started water skiing in the 1950's and has continued to hit the water well into her 70's.

"I have never gone skiing competitively. It's just for fun," Prigge said. "To me it's the best way to exercise in the summer."

Prigge's love for the water isn't just a summer activity. Her husband is often taking her out on the lake into the fall months.

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"When the water hits 55 degrees I will go out on the lake," Prigge said. "I bought a wetsuit for when the water gets colder so sometimes I'll put the skis on in October."

Prigge loves her home on Ossawinnamakee Lake and the time she spends with her family.

"It's awesome to see that she is still able to get after it out there," Prigge's son Scott Prigge said. "I hung up the skis well before she did."

The method to her longevity isn't complicated.

"I don't know why people stop doing stuff like this when they get older," Prigge said. "I know I can't waterski as well as I used to, but I can still get very good exercise out of what I can do."

The neighborhood lake goers are fond of Prigge's time on the water.

"A lot of people know me as the skiing grandma," Prigge said. "Sometimes when I go out people will stay clear so they won't make too many big waves."

When the water dips below 55 degrees Prigge still tries to stay active.

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"I go out and walk when I can't ski whether it's too cold or the water isn't right," Prigge said. "I know my days are numbered out there so every time the skiing season comes around it's a bit of a mystery to see if I still have what it takes."

Over 60 years on the skis and Prigge has few regrets on how she approached the sport.

"I probably could have tried to ski competitively, but that wasn't what skiing was about for me." Prigge said. "To me, skiing is all about having fun, and I've had a lot of fun."

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