Golden Knights lead Team USA at CISM Military World Games
July 26, 2011
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team won four medals, including gold in the coveted women’s overall country competition, to lead Team USA athletes at the 5th CISM Military World Games.
Two U.S. Air Force women’s soccer players excitedly flew their teammates and track and field athletes to Brazil aboard a KC-10 Extender, but a parachute team of Soldiers skydiving from planes triumphantly brought home more than half of Team USA’s medals.
Golden Knights Sgt. 1st Class Elisa Tennyson, Sgt. 1st Class Angela Nichols, Staff Sgt. Laura Dickmeyer, Staff Sgt. Danielle Woolsey and Staff Sgt. Jennifer Schaben combined to win gold in women’s formation skydiving and silver in team accuracy " giving them CISM gold in the women’s overall country competition for the first time in program history, according to the U.S. Army Golden Knights website.
Team USA’s quartet of Golden Knights Sgt. 1st Class Brian Krause, Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Isenbarger, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Davidson and Staff Sgt. Sean Sweeney took the bronze medal in men’s formation skydiving on July 22. Belgium won the gold and Germany took the silver.
The U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed “The Golden Knights,” is the Army’s official aerial demonstration team that travels around the United States, performing parachute demonstrations at air shows, National Football League and Major League Baseball games, and other special events, to connect the Army with the American people.
The Golden Knights also have competition teams that travel the world to events. The team was founded in 1959 and remains stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the airborne.