ELIDA – Elida native Justin Blewitt won the gold medal in eight-way formation skydiving at the 2016 World Parachuting Championships last week at Skydive Chicago.
The championships drew more than 700 skydivers from 38 countries in five different skydiving disciplines. In formation skydiving, teams of eight 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.
Blewitt’s team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the world championships at last year’s U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships. The team will return to the 2016 nationals in late October at Skydive Arizona to defend their national title.
Blewitt, 34, is has completed more than 8,000 skydives.