Marietta man wins gold medal, sets record at skydiving championship
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Marietta native Derek Demyanek and his teammates skydive during the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in January. Demyanek’s team, Air Force Euforia, won gold in the four-way open formation skydiving event. In formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. <br> Photos courtesy of Randy Swallows
Marietta native Derek Demyanek and his teammates skydive during the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in January. Demyanek’s team, Air Force Euforia, won gold in the four-way open formation skydiving event. In formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes.
Photos courtesy of Randy Swallows
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Demyanek and his teammates skydive during the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in January.
Demyanek and his teammates skydive during the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in January.
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Derek Demyanek of Marietta stands at far left with his teammates as they receive their medals at the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.
Derek Demyanek of Marietta stands at far left with his teammates as they receive their medals at the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.
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Marietta native Derek Demyanek won a gold medal and set national and Florida state collegiate skydiving records in January at the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world. The competition took place at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales. Demyanek is a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and a member of the Wings of Blue skydiving team.

More than 75 fearless collegiate skydivers from around the country put their books aside over the winter break to compete at the national championships, pushing their aerial skills to the limit and competing for the title of national champion in four spectacular skydiving disciplines: Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Sport Accuracy and Classic Accuracy.

Demyanek’s team, Air Force Euforia, won gold in the four-way open formation skydiving event. In formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. The team also set national and Florida collegiate skydiving records by scoring 40 points in a single round, eclipsing the record of 36 points set by another Air Force team last year.

Demyanek is a senior at the Academy, majoring in astronautical engineering. He has completed an astounding 600 skydives.

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