US Nationals Recap: Triple Gold for James Rogers

2022 USIS Nationals is a wrap, with some of the best flyers in the country duking it out for gold medals & coveted slots in the U.S. World Championship Team.  

Indoor Skydiving Us Nationals Podium
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November 28, 2022
Owen Clarke

The 2022 U.S. Indoor Skydiving National Championships finished at iFLY Colorado Springs on November 13. Dozens of flyers and teams from across the country headed to the Rocky Mountains to compete in Dynamic, Freestyle, Solo Speed, Best Trick, Formation Skydiving, and Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS) disciplines.

Flyers weren’t just competing for podium placements and medals though. Top competitors earned a spot on the U.S. team heading to the 4th FAI World Championship at Slovakia’s Hurricane Factory, in April of next year. The competition will include disciplines for Formation (FS & VFS 4-Way) and “Artistic” (Solo Freestyle, Dynamic 2-Way & 4-Way) flying.

Among other results at Nationals, four-time Junior Freestyle champion Sydney Kennett placed second in her first Freestyle Open competition, enough to earn a spot on the U.S. team. “A big THANK YOU to [iFLY Colorado Springs] for hosting and running one of the smoothest competitions I have ever been to,” she wrote on Instagram. “I had a great time competing this year.”

Veteran flyer James Rogers took gold in Freestyle Open and two other disciplines, Solo Speed Open and Best Trick. Rogers flew in his first World Cup last year, and will fly on the U.S. team again in 2023.

Aspire took gold in Dynamic 4-Way Open, and AF Night Fury won the 4-Way FS Open. Full results from the competition’s final rounds can be found on the iFLY Colorado Springs Facebook.

It comes as no surprise that Nationals were held in Colorado Springs this year. iFLY Colorado Springs isn’t the newest iFLY facility in the United States. Its 40-foot flight chamber is also among the tallest in the country. The tunnel is set to host the US Nationals again next year.

Published: November 28, 2022 | Last Updated: December 2, 2022

Us Nationals Recap: Triple Gold For James Rogers
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Owen Clarke
Owen Clarke is an American action sports and adventure travel journalist. In addition to serving as an executive editor at Indoor Skydiving Source, he is an editor-at-large for Climbing magazine and lead writer for the adventure guiding outfitter Benegas Brothers Productions. He also writes for Backpacker, Outside, SKI, and Trail Runner, among other publications.

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