FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Army News Service, Aug. 30, 2012) -- The Golden Knights Female 4-Way Team, or GKF4, part of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, will bring home a gold medal for their performance in the Czech Republic.
The GKF4 Team includes Sgt. 1st Class Angela Nichols, the team leader; Sgt. 1st Class Dannielle Woosley; Sgt. 1st Class Laura Dickmeyer; Staff Sgt. Jennifer Schaben and videographer Sgt. 1st Class Scott Janise.
The GKF4 Team competed in the 18th International Parachuting Commission World Cup of Formation Skydiving and 11th FAI European Formation Skydiving Championships, 9th FAI World Cup of Artistic Events and 8th FAI European Artistic Events Parachuting Championships. The skydiving events were held Aug. 26 - Sept. 2 in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
The annual competition allows formation skydiving teams from multiple countries to compete for the opportunity to jump in the World Parachuting Championships, Mondial 2012, in Dubai, UAE in December.
The Golden Knights Female 4-Way Team competed in the Women's 4-way Formation Skydiving category.
The female parachutists have been spending hours and hours honing their skills since their last match. They have made over 555 jumps and spent more than 20 hours in the wind tunnel preparing for their most recent win. They had a tough fight with the French team, which pulled ahead in final rounds of the meet, but once again came home undefeated.
"We took first in the female category and managed to pull back ahead of the French by two in the end," said Nichols, the team leader. "I'm so proud of my girls and Scooter!!!"
Two other teams competed in the women's category, including France's Aerodyne Deep Blue Defenders and Norway's Polarus. The GKF4 Team competed against both of these teams back in March at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship (Shamrock Showdown) held in Raeford, N.C.
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