ETX nurse wins gold in national skydiving competition
Whitehouse, Texas (KETK) — Whitehouse resident Matthew Greene won a gold medal last week in the intermediate four-way formation skydiving competition at the 2013 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships.
The competition took place at Skydive Chicago, an expansive skydiving resort located in Ottawa, Illinois, an hour west of the Windy City. Greene’s team, Dallas Khaos Khobalt, beat out 39 other teams from across the country to snatch the gold.
The National Skydiving Championships is the country’s biggest, most prestigious skydiving competition, drawing more than 600 competitors from across the country for 10 days of breathtaking skydiving in multiple events, including formation skydiving, artistic freestyle, landing accuracy and much more.
In four-way formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes.
Greene, 39, works as a trauma ICU nurse at East Texas Medical. He has completed an astounding 2,400 skydives. He and his team train at Skydive Dallas in Whitewright.