It is a testament to how the Team has grown in ability and training in the last decade, that two members of the Gold Demonstration Team were able to attend and compete at USPA Nationals this year at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL. SSG Reese Pendleton and SGT Jen Schaben were able to go in between two demonstration weekends and represent the Golden Knights along with the FS team, the Canopy Piloting Team, and the Style and Accuracy Team at the largest skydiving competition in the country. The two competed in Vertical Formation Skydiving, or VFS, in the advanced class, and placed third, earning a bronze medal for the Team.
This is the first time that anyone from the Golden Knights has competed in VFS, which is a new and very difficult discipline within the sport of skydiving. The two were happy to be able to supplement the Team’s representation at Nationals this year, and hope to be able to continue to do so in the future.