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Wings of Blue win big at national competition

Cadets from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue parachute team will dive for another national championship Dec. 27-Jan. 2 at the 2013 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships In Lake Wales, Fla.

Cadets from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue parachute team will dive for another national championship Dec. 27-Jan. 2 at the 2013 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships In Lake Wales, Fla.

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue parachute team took home 33 medals at the National Collegiate Parachute Competition, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 in Lake Wells, Fla.

Earning nine gold, 16 silver, and eight bronze medals, the team received the highest point total at the competition, making it the collegiate champion for the 34th time in the past 45 years.
Cadet 1st Class Joseph Euhus earned a gold medal in sport accuracy (masters class) and the collegiate tournament's Outstanding Competitor Award. This is the second year in a row a cadet has won this award.

Euhus was part of the skydivers' record-setting four-way Eufouria team that won gold in the open or highest division. Other members of team are Cadets 1st Class David Moore, Aaron Sporrer and Derek Dymenek.

On Dec. 28, the team jumped into the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., to land in front of 75,000 sportsfans.

The Wings of Blue team is operated by the 98th Flying Training Squadron and performs annually to an estimated audience of 12 million people. Each year, more than 800 Academy cadets train with the squadron to earn their basic parachutist badge.

The Wings of Blue is scheduled to perform 23 nation-wide demonstrations in fiscal year 2014.