Barnardsville skydiver earns slot on US Parachute Team – Asheville Citizen-Times

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BARNARDSVILLE – Barnardsville native Jason Brigmon has earned a slot on the prestigious U.S. Parachute Team that will compete at the 2018 World Championships in Australia.

Brigmon and his team, Axiom, earned the team spot by winning the silver medal in artistic freestyle at the U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Perris in California.

In freestyle skydiving, a jumper combines the dynamics of gymnastics with the elegance of dance in an aerial performance starting 13,000 feet above the ground. A videographer flies alongside, and the pair moves around each other in a three-dimensional ballet. Brigmon is the team’s videographer.

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Brigmon, 31, works as an engineer for Duke Energy.

Founded in 1946, the United States Parachute Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to the promotion of safe skydiving nationwide, establishing strict safety standards, training policies and programs at more than 240 USPA-affiliated skydiving schools and centers throughout the United States. 

For more information on making a first jump or to find a skydiving center near you, visit uspa.org or call 800-371-USPA.

 

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