Did you know that MWSL team Quattro Ronas had a message with the team name? posted: Aug 15th, 2020 After some delays and cancellations of previous 2020 meets the MWSL held the first meet of the 2020 season at Skydive Midwest last weekend with much excitement. Many MWSL teams have been navigating the challenges of travelling and training safely during the pandemic, which unfortunately meant for some of the more experienced Midwest teams that they were unable to make the trip to Wisconsin for the meet.
However, MWSL organizer and event coach JaNette Lefkowitz said that it was exciting to see young talent combine with some MWSL regulars who did show up for the meet forming two teams for the... (more)
Did you know that Christy Frikken did not even think of SDC Rhythm XP in 2008? posted: Aug 13th, 2020 The recent USPA update that the NSL News covered yesterday included several videos that were recorded at the USPA Nationals 2008 and have not been published on SKYLEAGUE.COM until now. It was a very interesting coincidence that one of the interviews had host and Skydive Arizona's owner Larry Hill on the PD-TV stage, together with USPA's executive director Ed Scott.
Albert Berchtold, who will succeed Ed Scott in January 2021, had set up the stage for Performance Designs and the NSL News, and Ed Scott introduced himself at the first national championship that he attended. The host of the interview,... (more)
Did you know that USPA's new executive director Albert Berchtold spent a lot of time behind 4-way cameras? posted: Aug 12th, 2020 While USPA is still considering the options of running national championships this year or not, a big change is happening in the executive area of the United States Parachute Association. Ed Scott, who has been the executive director for the last 13 years, retires from his position at the end of the year.
He has a well known successor with Albert Berchtold. The new executive director was recently introduced, and he will be the 10th since the position was first created in 1960:
"An active skydiver with over 5,500 skydives and a current member of the U.S. Canopy Piloting Team, Berchtold currently... (more)
Did you know that Lauren Byrd and SDMW NEXT launch new Indoor Cloud League team in the Midwest? posted: Aug 12th, 2020 Many U.S. top competitors have their roots in the Midwest of the country, and it is no coincidence that SDC Rhythm XP have their summer headquarters at Skydive Chicago. The Chicagoland Skydiving Center was the host for the USPA Nationals 2018, and Skydive Midwest has been the home for SDMW NEXT, USPA Advanced Class champion of 2016.
The Midwest Skydiving League is one of the longest-standing leagues in the NSL Network. It was founded in 2001, with the first MWSL director Howy Hensen managing the events. SDC Rhythm XP is currently running the MWSL operation, and JaNette Lefkowitz guided a few... (more)
Did you know that the FAI Mondial 2020 next year is still the goal for the HF Cubs? posted: Aug 10th, 2020 The same three teams that resumed outdoor competition in the Czech Republic with the July meet of the Czech Republic Skydiving League were back at the end of the month for the national championship. It was the third national championship this year, after the Australian Nationals in March and the Norwegian Nationals earlier in July.
Nothing was the same though, beginning with the jump plane and ending with the lineups of the Czech teams. Skydive Klatovy hosted the national championship, and the jump plane was a Skyvan with a tail-gate. As most other 4-way teams in the world, the Czech teams did... (more)
Did you know that DeLand Norgies' Lise Nansen-Aune was pregnant at two major events in 2003? posted: Aug 9th, 2020 Lise Nansen-Aune is one of the original DeLand Norgies members, and she was also a player-coach for Punky Fish, as the NSL News recently reported. The preview of the Norwegian Nationals 2020 on June 16th introduced this year's Punky Fish lineup, followed by the meet summary on August 4th.
She was a popular coach and had another player-coach team in 2003 that she competed with at the USPA Nationals the same year. Late Dr. Joel Shugar's team Optic Kurves also included Sinapsi PD member Arianna de Benedetti, who won her own FAI bronze medal at the FAI World Meet 2006. Optic Kurves continued with... (more)