The 2014 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships of Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events wrapped up Saturday, August 30, after a dramatic week in Prostejov, Czech Republic. The U.S. Army Golden Knights reclaimed their world champion title in 8-way, but the U.S. had to settle for silver in 4-way, female 4-way and vertical formation skydiving.
For the first time in 4-way history, Belgium earned the gold in 4-way, taking the coveted Ottley Sword from the 2012 world champion U.S. team, Arizona Airspeed. Airspeed fought a tough battle but couldn’t catch the smooth Belgian team. Canada won the 4-way bronze, with the same Canadian team working double time competing—and medaling—in both 4-way FS and VFS.
The Golden Knights Female 4-way team also struggled, and after edging out the French in the first few rounds, fell behind mid-meet and couldn’t catch up. The U.S. settled for silver behind the French, and Great Britain took bronze.
The French team also earned gold in VFS, with the U.S. team, Arizona Arsenal, a strong second. The Canadians again earned the bronze.
In the artistic events, U.S. team Animare placed fifth in freestyle, and the U.S. freeflying team, Elsinore Ignite, finished in eighth. The French took the top two spots in freestyle, with Russia taking bronze. The Russians took gold in freeflying, with France winning silver and bronze.
For complete results, visit omniskore.com. Photos from the meet appear on USPA’s Facebook page. Look for a complete report in the October issue of Parachutist.
The 2014 U.S. Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events Team. Photo by Chuck Ackers.
One world meet is over and one has just begun for our US Parachute Teams, competing in Europe at Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Parachuting Championships.
In Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, August 18-22, the US Canopy Formation Team, Clean Air, scored bronze and silver medals in CF 2-way and 4-way sequential, respectively. In the classic events, several male and female members of the U.S. Style and Accuracy Team placed in the top-10 of their events. In addition, the U.S. fielded two junior (age 24 and under) competitors for the first time: Ben Garlick, a 2013 United States Military Academy graduate on a midterm break from Army helicopter school, and Jarrett Martin, the first paraplegic to ever compete in an FAI World Parachuting Championships.
For complete results of the competition in Banja Luka, go to the FAI Results Portal.
Meanwhile, at the FAI World Championships in Prostejov, Czech Republic, our Artistic (freefly and freestyle) and Formation Skydiving (4-way open, 4-way female and 8-way open) teams are just getting started, with a smattering of first-round scores posted at OmniSkore!HD, the official scoring system of the championships. You can check out team photos and follow the action at Prostejov on the US Team’s Facebook page. The competition runs through August 31st.
Look for a complete story on the CF/S&A world meet at Banja Luka in the October Parachutist; the AE/FS world meet at Prostejov will be reported in the November Parachutist.
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