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Local team wins gold at national skydiving championships
posted Oct 3, 2013 - 10:59:42am
DeLand husband and wife Brian and Amanda Festi won gold medals in the artistic freestyle competition last week at the 2013 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships. The competition took place at Skydive Chicago. This 10-day competition is the country's biggest and most prestigious skydiving competition, drawing more than 600 competitors from across the country in multiple events.
In freestyle skydiving, a jumper combines the dynamics of gymnastics with the elegance of dance in an aerial performance starting 13,000 feet above the ground. A videographer flies alongside, and the pair moves around each other in a three-dimensional ballet.
The Festis call their team Animare DeLand. Amanda is the performer, and Brian films her flight. Amanda, 31, has completed 2,200 jumps, and works as a research and development engineer for Performance Designs. Brian, 37, has more than 8,000 jumps, and works as a skydiving photographer at Skydive DeLand.
As national champions, the couple has earned coveted slots on the U.S. Parachute Team, which will represent the United States at next year's World Parachuting Championships, scheduled for August 2014 in the Czech Republic.
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