James Hayhurst wins gold in 2013 National Skydiving Championships

2:01 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 60-year-old man returned to his Fredericksburg home with several gold medals in style and accuracy from the 2013 National Skydiving Championships. 

In the accuracy competition, James Hayhurst - among other jumpers -exited an airplane 3,000 feet in the air and had to steer their parachutes to land on a dime-sized dot on the ground. 

For style, the jumper performs a series of loops and spins in freefall as quickly as possible.

As a national champion, Hayhurst now has a spot on the U.S. Parachute Team, which will represent the United States in the 2014 World Parachuting Championships.

But this isn't the first time he is recognized. Hayhurst has won multiple national championships and has completed 10,700 jumps. 

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