Local skydivers earn national medals, will represent US at world championships – Fayetteville Observer

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The Golden Knights and skydivers from two other local teams will represented the United States in the World Skydiving Championships in Australia next year.

Members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Axiom and Phoenix XP won multiple medals and earned slots on the U.S. team during the 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships — a two-week competition that ended Oct. 2.

The Army team, better known as the Golden Knights, is based at Fort Bragg and has a long history of excellence in national and international skydiving competitions.

Axiom and Phoenix XP are also local teams that train at Skydive Paraclete XP, as well as the Paraclete indoor skydiving wind tunnel in Raeford.

The national championship was held at Skydive Perris in southern California, officials with the USPA said. More than 500 skydivers from across the country vied for medals in five skydiving disciplines.

The Golden Knights, which have won numerous national and world championships, will once again represent the U.S. in the 8-way formation skydiving at next year’s world championships after earning gold in California, according to the USPA.

Phoenix XP will send its all-female 4-way formation skydiving team to the championships after placing first in that category. And Axiom earned a silver medal and positions on the U.S. team for artistic freestyle.

In formation skydiving, teams exit an airplane more than two miles above the ground and perform prescribed geometric formations in freefall. Artistic freestyle combines skydiving with gymnastics in a dance-like aerial performance starting at 13,000 feet above ground.

Military editor Drew Brooks can be reached at dbrooks@fayobserver.com or 486-3567.

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