The Golden Knights Competition team is gearing up for the U.S. National Skydiving Championships. Nationals will be held at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ. The Golden Knights will compete in 4-way, 8-way, 16-way and 10-way formation skydiving. GK8 will be returning once again to defend their Gold medal from 2010 while the Golden Knights Female 4-way Team (GKF4) will make its Nationals debut this year. Between the two teams, over 1,100 training jumps have been made this year. This year is particularly important because the results of this competition will determine who represents the USA at the 2012 World Parachuting Championships in Dubai, UAE. If you recall, GK8 competed and took Gold at the World Parachuting Cup 2011 in Saarlouis, Germany in August. (more…)
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Gold team landed in Missouri on Friday with a warm welcome even though the weather was a bit cold and windy. The team prepared for the attendance in the homecoming parade and jump into the stadium for the Southeast Missouri University football game. The night prior to all the festivities the team was welcomed into the home of Lana Arnzen (a longtime friend of the Golden Knights) where they were received with open arms and treated like family. With a great home cooked meal and some new friends Gold team was ready for the busy day to come.
It started off with the university’s homecoming parade where Gold Team would lead it out! Riding on a float and being pulled by the Cape Girardeau recruiting battalion, the spectator turnout for the event was overwhelmed with American patriots. Gold Team then moves to the airfield in preparation for the Redhawks game. With the sun shining, a clear blue sky, and light winds, we couldn’t have asked for better jump conditions. The team geared up in decorative SEMO jerseys to show their support and performed an amazing show for the rowdy crowd. Two high performance canopies wowed the crowd by leading the stack in followed by another jumper flying in the game ball, while closing the stack with a bi-plane onto the field and our camera man landing dead center on the 50 yard line. Once on the ground the amazing city of Cape Girardeau continues with wonderful support and make us feel right at home.
At the end of the day, Gold team prepared to travel back to fort Bragg. Knowing that one day they would be back to see their old friends again soon.