Utahn wins 2nd skydiving world championship title

A Bountiful, Utah native won his second consecutive skydiving world championship title. (Photo courtesy of USPA/David Cherry)

(KUTV) — A Bountiful, Utah native won his second consecutive skydiving world championship title.

Last week, Dusty Hanks, 42, competed in the 2018 World Parachuting Championship in Gold Coast, Australia along with hundreds of other world top skydivers, a press release stated. Hanks’ team, SDC Core, won gold in vertical formation skydiving.

Vertical formation skydiving consists of a 4-person team exiting an airplane more than two miles above the ground and perform acrobatic maneuvers in freefall, a press released stated. The movements must be completed on upright and upside-down axes to complete as formations as possible.

Hanks’ team won the gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships and became national champions again at the Chicagoland Skydiving Center in September.

Hanks has completed more than 10,000 jumps. He works as an instructor at the iFLY Utah wind tunnel in Ogden.

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