TENNYSON RANKED OVERALL CHAMPION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CUP SERIES.
FORT BRAGG, NC—Sergeant First Class Elisa Tennyson picked up the North American Cup Series Championship honors, scoring enough points to edge out competitor Jimmy Drummond. Tennyson, a veteran skydiver and top medalist, is the style and accuracy team leader for the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights. Throughout the year, close to 40 jumpers from the U.S. and Canada competed for the Cup honors traveling from Texas to Connecticut and points in between.
“The North American Cup Series is run much like the World Cup Series” says Tennyson. “It is a points-based competition, with the number one jumper honors going to the competitor with the highest overall score, based from their top three meets.” Two other members of the Golden Knight’s style and accuracy team finished in the top five, Sergeant First Class Angela Nichols finished fourth and Staff Sergeant Norma Estrella finished fifth.
Tennyson and her teammates have been preparing for competition throughout the year. The team recently returned from Slovakia bringing home Silver in overall country at the 30th FAI World Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championships. Now the team’s focus is on the upcoming Nationals competition in October. Last year, Tennyson swept the competition in accuracy and style. This year they head to Arizona for the Nationals with their hopes set on bringing home hardware. According to Tennyson, “This whole team will do very well at Nationals.” “Norma is doing really well; I think she’s a medal contender for style.” As for Tennyson herself, “It’s a two-cent (two centimeter bull’s-eye) pad this year (for accuracy), but in style I’m going to try to do something a little different…I need to step it up a little bit.”
Story By: Cheryle Rivas, U.S.A.P.T.