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Karen Putz reignites her water skiing passion

Passion reignited after a tragic accident

Originally Published: July 13, 2011
By Leslie Goldman

Karen Putz learned how to barefoot water ski in June, 1983 at the age of 17. A true water baby whose family owned a summer home on Christie Lake in Lawrence, Mich., Putz was inspired by an older brother who could seemingly walk on the waves at 38 mph.

"No other girls on the lake were barefooting," the 45-year-old mother of three from Bolingbrook, Ill., recalls. "One day I just decided, 'Man, I want to learn this.'" She got up on her first try and was instantly hooked on the adrenaline ...

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