A local skydiving team brought back silver medals from the 2018 World Parachuting Championships last week.
Arizona Airspeed, the group out of Eloy, represented the United States as they competed against hundreds of skydivers from around the world in Gold Coast, Australia.
According to the United States Parachute Association, “in formation skydiving, teams of four exit the airplane more than two miles above the ground and race against the clock to form a series of prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. A videographer jumps with the team to capture the maneuvers for the judges on the ground.”
Thiago Gomes, 41, of Tucson; Niklas Hemlin, 41, and Mikhail Markine, 32, of Casa Grande; Ari Perelman, 36, of Chandler; and videographer David French, 44, of Eloy train at Skydive Arizona.
USPA says Airspeed won the US Nationals last month.