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Perris Fury had another clean round and finished the faster sequence (H-7-16) with a 23-pointer. Airspeed Odyssey posted the highscore of the round with a 26-pointer.
Christy Frikken is the Center Outside for Perris Fury. The recent Skydiving Magazine reward for her accomplishments in the sport is a good reason to follow her through a competition jump in this dynamic slot.
The Skydiving Magazine explained the reasons for the selection of a 4-way competitor as the 2007 Skydiver of the Year.
Christy Frikken is this magazine’s 2007 Skydiver of the Year because she climbed to the upper strata of competitive skydiving while taking a whole bunch of her fellow jumpers with her.
Becoming a world champion skydiver takes a full-time commitment. An aspiring competitor who’s not training is working one way or another to pay for that training. Because most regular jobs can’t accommodate an athlete who needs to spend most of his time at a DZ, competition skydivers tend to work at the DZ, where they coach, instruct or whatever. A serious shortcoming of this arrangement is that it often effectively isolates the most skilled skydivers from the rest of the jumpers at the DZ.
And when they’re coaching or instructing, competitors’ interaction with most other jumpers on the DZ is limited. Their relative isolation is understandable; they’re focused on a difficult goal, one that takes 100% of their time, money and energy.
At the same time, her own 4-way team, “Perris Fury,” has worked its way to the upper levels of its discipline, finishing third at the 2007 Nationals with a 21.0 average. While Frikken is getting a lot of help from others, particularly the other members of Fury and the DZ’s management, it’s clear her initiative and hard work are the catalyst that makes it all happen.
One example is the Fury 8-way project, created by Frikken and launched last year. An 8-way team formed at Perris around each member of Fury. Each team was comprised of jumpers with compatible skills and goals. A custom training schedule for each was mapped out before the season began. And each team’s training program culminated with competing in the 2007 Nationals.
“She has managed to create, implement and oversee all these projects while training with Fury,” one nominating letter said. “She is not only an asset to Perris but an asset and role model for skydivers everywhere — especially me!” The letter — its author started jumping 18 months ago — continued: “Christy is very knowledgeable, always at the DZ and always willing to help. Since before I got my license, she has frequently come up to me asking if I wanted to make a jump. No coaching fee, no covering her slot; just asking as if she were doing a fun jump with a friend. “She’s a wonderful organizer. She has brilliant ideas on fun, structured jumps and can execute them flawlessly,” the letter continued. “And she’s funny, too!”
By themselves, these achievements and efforts wouldn’t be enough to sway our selection panel. But for one person to accomplish them all simultaneously — and to a resounding cheers from other jumpers — made Christy Frikken Skydiver of the Year.