ROCHELLE, Illinois -- College Station native Daniel Zivney won gold Saturday in advanced mixed formation skydiving at the 2018 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. Zivney is part of the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue team.
In mixed formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to complete a series of maneuvers in upright, upside-down, back-to-earth and belly-to-earth orientations. A videographer flies alongside to catch all the action.
Zivney, 22, is a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He has completed more than 600 skydives.
Interviews with Zivney and aerial photos and video of his team in action are available upon request.
The 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships is drawing nearly 700 of the country’s top skydivers to Rochelle for the biggest and most thrilling skydiving competition in the country. The event continues through September 18 and is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1946, the United States Parachute Association (USPA) is a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of safe skydiving nationwide, establishing strict safety standards, training policies and programs at more than 220 USPA-affiliated skydiving schools and centers throughout the United States. Each year, USPA’s 40,000 members and hundreds of thousands of first-timers make nearly four million jumps in the U.S. USPA represents skydivers before all levels of government, the public and the aviation industry and sanctions national skydiving competitions and records.
For more information on making a first jump or to find a skydiving center near you, visit www.uspa.org or call 800.371.USPA.