Connie Morris can't walk on water, but that's about the only thing she can't do.

She's mastered just about everything else.

She can slalom ski, trick ski, and ski jump, and she's one of the best in the world at all three in her age group.

As a two-time national champion, she earned a spot on the USA water-ski team that competed at the 35-and-over world championships outside of Milan, Italy in September.

Even though she had to pay her own way, there was no way she wouldn't go.

"How often do you get a chance to be on the U.S. team in a world tournament?" Morris said. "It was pretty exciting."

Connie won four medals in Italy; a bronze in trick, silver in jump, and silver in overall. Yet she said her favorite medal was the gold won by Team USA.

"The team had to win," Morris said. "That was the only thing that really mattered."

Morris lives in Scripps Ranch and works as an engineer for San Diego Gas & Electric, but she does most of her skiing at Imperial Lakes, Calif. with her husband and two teenage children.

The 47-year-old skied competitively in college at San Diego State University and since then, has steadily improved.

"It took me, I think, 17 years to get a medal," Morris. "Perseverance, and I think I've outlasted the competition. Not too many women my age jumping."

"Connie's being very modest. Connie is one of the stars of this sport, both skiing-wise on the water and behind the scenes," said trick ski coach, and fellow national trick ski champion, Eric Lee. "She brings more people into jumping. She's probably the premiere jump advocate on the west coast. She'll teach everybody and she teaches them good fundamentals. She's an absolute star.

"She's always had the talent," Lee said. "It was just a case of it clicking and it has recently which has been great."

Morris is not done representing Team USA. She'll do it again at the Pan Am games in Chile in November, where she hopes to rake in even more medals.