Q: How long have you been making jumps?
I've been parachuting for about 4 years now. I started at the age of 23.
Q: What attracted you to the sport?
I think everyone has thought about doing it at least once. I've just been lucky enough to have the opportunity.
In the Army's Golden Knights performing teams, everywhere we go our landing place is different and we're on the road 300 days out of the year. Always as a team. We know our maneuvers -- and each other -- pretty well.
Q: When you're demonstrating, do you ever have to execute any dangerous last-minute maneuvers?
A lot depends on the landing. You could land in traffic somewhere. We always say that the wind is our best friend and worst enemy, because how we land is dictated by whether there's a lot or a little wind.
Q: Do you think skydiving is something you'll do for the rest of your life?
Yes and I think the majority of people who've jumped would agree. I think it stays with you for life. It's a hard thing to put into words. When people ask what it's like, all I can say is, "You can't know 'til you try."
A lot of people think it's a rush, but it's more than that. I think it goes beyond the adrenaline rush. Sure, in the early days of jumping the adrenaline was a big factor, but now after thousands of jumps, it's not quite the thrill-seeking thing you might think.
Q: Do you think parachuting is an extreme sport?
I wouldn't call it extreme for us because it's something we do every day. But for someone who has an office job it probably is. Our parents definitely think it's extreme. Of course my folks are proud that I'm on the Army parachute team. But I know my mom doesn't like it; she's been to a couple of shows but never watches me jump.
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