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  • Local Skydiver Wins Gold at 2013 National Skydiving Championships, Slot on U.S. Parachute Team!
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    Published - 09/30/13 - 12:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    Photo by Brian Festi
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – St. George resident Fio Antognini won a gold medal last week in the canopy formation competition at the 2013 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships. The competition took place at Skydive Chicago, an hour west of the Windy City. As the National Champions, Antognini and his team, Clean Air, earned coveted slots on the U.S Parachute Team, which will represent the United States at next year’s World Parachuting Championships.

    The National Skydiving Championships is the country’s biggest, most prestigious skydiving competition, drawing more than 600 competitors from across the country for 10 days of breathtaking skydiving in multiple events, including formation skydiving, artistic freestyle, landing accuracy and much more.

    In canopy formation skydiving, teams of four skydivers deploy their parachutes immediately after jumping from the plane and build formations as quickly as possible while holding onto each other’s canopies. A videographer flies alongside to capture the action.

    Antognini, 58, started skydiving in 1983 and has completed an astounding 8,000 skydives.

    Interviews with Antognini and aerial photos and video of his team in action are available upon request.

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