World-class skydivers are coming to Birmingham to compete in The World Games 2022 Birmingham (TWG 2022). From July 9-11, people can head on down to Barber Motorsports Park to watch these amazing athletes in action. Read on to hear all about it.
At TWG 2022, skydivers will be competing in what is called canopy piloting. Basically, it’s when a skydiver tries to land in a specific area, a long stretch of water called a swoop pond. It’s a lot harder than it sounds as participants have to control their canopy at speeds up to a hundred miles per hour after they leave the plane. The contestants are then scored based on speed, zone accuracy and distance. Then, there is a freestyle round where they are judged on technical difficulty, presentation and landing.
Athletes you need to look out for
Eight US skydiving champions will be competing in TWG 2022 including Nick Batsch, Robin Jandle, Travis Mills, Justin Price, Matt Shull, Greg Windmiller, Curt and Jeannie Bartholomew. Here’s a little more info on three of these contestants.
Curt and Jeannie Bartholomew
Husband and wife skydiving duo Curt and Jeannie Bartholomew have each done over 9,000 jumps. Back in the 2017 World Games, Curt placed second in the Canopy diving competion and Jeannie landed twelfth place for herself. Even more special, the event happened to take place on the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary. Historically, the two were the first couple to compete together in canopy piloting at The World Games.
Greg Windmiller is another major competitor to watch out for, as he’s been skydiving for more than three decades and has completed over 17,000 jumps. During his career, Windmiller has managed to achieve six world records, six US national championship gold medals and a world championship gold medal. Windmiller is also a veteran and currently works as a skydiving instructor.
At The World Games
From Saturday, July 9 to Monday, July 11 people can head on down to Barber Motor Sports to watch these amazing skydivers compete in canopy skydiving. This is definetly an event you do not want to miss.
- Location: 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Leeds, AL 35094
- Dates: Saturday, July 9-Monday, July 11 at 8:15AM-7:45PM
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