SKYDIVE MIDWEST ATHLETES QUALIFIED FOR SKYDIVING WORLD CUP IN NORWAY 2023

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Multiple Skydive Midwest jumpers have qualified for the 2023 World Air Sports Federation (FAI) Skydiving World Cup in Norway. Being offered a spot on the United States Parachute Team is an honor offered to very few athletes. Only 4 teams from each Formation Skydiving discipline are invited to attend this prestigious event. The World Cup is hosted every 2 years and will be taking place in Voss, Norway in August of 2023. 

We are incredibly proud to be the home of 3 skydiving teams that earned the opportunity to represent the United States in this competition. 

How do you Compete in Skydiving?

There are many different disciplines of competitive skydiving. There are freefall events with timed, performance goals of building formations. There are artistic events where athletes perform a series of aerial maneuvers in a routine, much like gymnastics. There are also canopy piloting events where competitors are judged based on speed, distance, or accuracy. There are even formation events for canopy piloting, where teams build a sequence of canopy formations in a timed performance. For more on the world of competitive skydiving, check out our blog detailing each discipline.

Formation Skydiving
Formation Skydiving
Vertical Formation Skydiving
Vertical Formation Skydiving
Acrobatic Wingsuiting
Acrobatic Wingsuiting

FORMATION SKYDIVING (FS)

Formation Skydiving (FS) is the most popular form of competition. In Formation Skydiving, teams of 4 or 8 perform a series of predetermined formations from a dive pool and repeat that sequence as many times as possible from the moment the team leaves the aircraft. 

A dedicated videographer exits with each team to capture the performance in freefall. The video is used by judges to count the number of “points” or correct formations built in the given time (usually 35 seconds). 

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SDMW NEXT is a 4Way Formation Skydiving team that has been training at SDMW and competing since 2014. The current lineup is as follows:

Gorka Amian

Years in skydiving: 7

Total Jumps: 3100

Age: 37

Profession: Director of Data Strategy and Analytics

Gorka Amian

Years in Skydiving: 7

Total Jumps: 3100

Age: 37

Profession: Director of Data Strategy and Analytics 

Greg Oldendick

Greg Oldendick

Years in Skydiving: 12

Total Jumps: 3600

Age: 41

Profession: Systems Programmer 

Katie Healy

Katie Healy

Years in Skydiving: 9 

Total Jumps: 1400

Age: 37

Profession: Water/Wastewater Project Manager/Enginee

Brian Nassat

Brian Nassat

Years in Skydiving: 4

Total Jumps: 1100

Age: 34

Profession: Software Engineer

Tom Barr

Tom Barr

Years in Skydiving: 4

Total Jumps: 901

Age: 49

Profession: General Contractor/Owner 

4WAY VERTICAL FORMATION SKYDIVING

4 Way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS) the jumpers fly in a different orientation. Rather than building formations in a belly-to-earth orientation, the jumpers transition between head-up and head-down flying throughout each sequence. 

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SDMW Chemtrails is a 4Way Vertical Formation Skydiving team that has been training at SDMW and competing since 2017. The current lineup is as follows: 

Keith George

Keith George

Years in Skydiving: 26

Total Jumps: 10,000+

Age: 52

Profession: Drop Zone Owner

Colin Conway

Colin Conway

Years in Skydiving: 11

Total Jumps: 2200

Age: 35

Profession: Union Electrician

Matt Congdon

Matt Congdon

Years in Skydiving: 11

Total Jumps: 3000

Age: 37

Profession: Journeyman Lineman

Kyle Brady

Kyle Brady

Years in Skydiving: 9

Total Jumps: 1800

Age: 36

Profession: Director of Business Intelligence

Nathan Norem

Nathan Norem

Years in Skydiving: 9

Total Jumps: 1300

Age: 40

Profession: Podiatrist

Acrobatic Wingsuiting

Acrobatic Wingsuiting is an artistic event. It is judged more subjectively, much like gymnastics. Teams are comprised of 2 performers and a videographer. Rounds consist of compulsory and free routines where performers exhibit a series of maneuvers for the judges. 

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Travis Mickle is a member of the Acro-Wingsuit team, FlatSpin. Travis is a full-time instructor at Skydive Midwest. He and his teammates, Nicholas Maieritsch and Jeff Harrigan will be training at SDMW leading up to the World Cup. 

Skydive Midwest Staff Travis Mickle

Travis Mickle

Years in Skydiving: 14

Total Jumps: 7000+

Age: 37

Profession: Skydiving Instructor & Restaurateur 

SDMW is proud to support its amazing athletes as they train to represent the United States and their local communities. The weeklong competition begins on August 22, 2022. We wish our teams the best of luck as they battle it out with the world’s best skydivers in Norway.

Follow along and cheer on our home town teams as they compete as part of the US Parachute team in Norway. 2023 FAI World Cup Scores.

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