The Golden Knights have won their first Gold medal in Canopy Piloting. Events were speed, distance and area accuracy with the micro canopies.
The men swept the competion with SFC Greg Windmiller winning the Gold, SFC Chris Moore silver and SGM Michael "Ike" Eitniear winning Bronze.
The competition was a Regional swoop competiton in Colorado that was watched by the Secret Service to ensure no one diverted into the Denver DNC convention.
This is a remarkable achievement--by any standard-- and a true testament to the hard work of these three senior Non-Commissioned Officers. As Ike told me, "[we are now the] top 3 amateurs as we just got pro rated last night! We compete against the pros today at the US nationals."
This from the Competition blog: "The team came out of no where with solid and consistent runs during the competition. They told us they came to get their PST pro cards and it was one of their main goals for the Swoop Week. Not only did they win first, second and third place receiving their pro cards they also donated their $5,000 cash winnings! 50% went to the Wounded Warrior Foundation and they gave the remaining money to 4th, 5th and 6th place. Competitors were surprised to receive the cash and it was a first in canopy piloting. The Golden Knights performance at this year's championships is great for the Army but even bigger for the canopy piloting community. Little by little the Army Golden Knights have been making their way onto the scene...."
Congratulations and Good Luck at Nationals!
For more information, go to: http://swoopweek.blogspot.
Photos: Courtesy of Ike Eitniear