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Golden Knights' team captain and multi world and national champion, John Hoover, recently finalized the update for his team and provided the NSL News with profiles of the team members and up-to-date information. The Golden Knights are currently training in AZ for the up and coming year. They are keeping the same lineup that competed at the 2004 USPA Nationals in Perris Valley, California. Team captain John Hoover was not willing to talk about his planned training regiment, but was all to willing to talk about his team:
Name: John Hoover (outside center)
Number of Jumps: 9,850
Years in the sport: 13
Medals: two 8-way World Championships, five 4-way and 8-way national championships
Hobbies: Writing, reading, working out What you like best about competing: "Of all the things I have done in life, I enjoy competitive skydiving the most. I am certainly blessed in that I do it everyday. I like the technical aspects of the sport, but love the creative nature of each jump."
Number of Jumps: 5956
Years in the sport: 5
Medals: 4-way and 8-way silver 2004 U.S. Nationals, 8-way silver 2002 World Cup, 8-way silver 2003 U.S. Nationals, 8-way silver 2002 U.S. Nationals
What you like best about competing: "Having a great time with your friends and doing your best to beat them."
Years in sport: 15
Medals: 1996 U.S. Nationals: 8-way gold, 20-way gold; 1997 World Meet: 8-way gold; 1997 Nationals: 8-way gold, 20-way gold, 10-way silver; 1998 Nationals: 8-way silver, 16-way gold; 1998 World Cup: 8-way gold; 1999 Nationals: 8-way gold, 16-way gold, 4-way bronze, 10-way silver, over all champions; 2003 Nationals: 8-way silver, 16-way gold, 10-way gold; 2004 Nationals: 4-way silver, 8-way silver, 10-way gold, 16-way silver.
Hobbies: Weight training, running, drawing.
What you like best about competing: "There are many things that I like about competing. The first is the discipline over self. Being able to control your emotions, to think positively and succeed under pressure. Secondly, is the sense of accomplishment experienced when the entire team performs at its pinnacle after a long year of intense training, when everything comes together, the thrill of tracking off from round ten knowing you and your team have performed at your peak. Last, but certainly not least is the sense of camaraderie you feel with your teammates; to look at a teammate and smile in the middle of a great jump."
Number of Jumps: 6,997
Years in the sport: 9
Medals: Four silver and three gold medals in formation events at the US Nationals over the past three years.
Hobbies: Motorcycles and my soon-to-be-born son! What you like best about competing: "Representing the Army and the Golden Knights in the competition arena. Working together with my teammates all year and trying to put out all we learned in ten jumps. The look in everyone's eyes when the team is doing well and defiantly, the sick feeling I get in my stomach on round one."
Number of Jumps: 1635
Years in the sport: 12
Medals: 2004 silver medals in 4-way, 8-way and 16-way, gold medal in 10-way
Hobbies: computers, family and reading
What you like best about competing: "Meeting new people and learning from new experiences. I like the trill of competition and being around my teammates."
John Hoover (point), Eric Heinsheimer (tail), Kurt Isenberger (center outside), Chris Talbert (center inside) and Sean Capegreco (video) began with serious 4-way training and peaked when the Golden Knights won the USPA Championship 2002 at Skydive Chicago. The new national 4-way team represented the U.S.A. at the Mondial 2003 and came home with silver medals after finishing behind the French team from Maubeuge.
The 4-way community will be glad to see the Golden Knights more often this year. Hopefully, the new Army team will repeat what the 2002 line-up did. The Golden Knights 2002 attended a total of seven meets and posted impressive scores (19.9 - 22.0 - 20.2 - 21.0 - 23.0 - 23.7 - 21.8), including the league meets in Carolina. The 2002 season was very successful for the Army team. There could be a good reason to use a similar strategy for the 2005 season.
The Valentine's Meet is only little over three weeks away. The first top scores of the 2005 season will be posted by Airspeed and the Golden Knights at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The NSL News will continue with updates and soon compare the top teams directly with each other. Stay tuned.