Tyler skydiving star wins silver

Tyler native Andy Delk won a silver medal this week in the 4-way formation skydiving competition while representing the U.S. at the 2010 World Parachuting Championships in Russia.

Delk is one of nearly 40 of the country's finest, fastest, most fearless skydivers who traveled to Russia for the world championships as part of the U.S. Team, pushing their aerial skills to the limit and competing for the title of world champion in five spectacular skydiving diciplines: Formation Skydiving, Delk's high-flying specialty, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Freeflying, Freestyle and Canopy Formation.

In 4-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.

Delk and his silver-medal team, Arizona Airspeed, perfected their gravity-defying skills against 18 other teams from around the world, placing close behind the gold-medal team from France. Airspeed, current U.S. National Champion, trained for the world championships at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The team also includes Craig Girard, Mark Kirkby, Steve Nowak and Eliana Rodriguez.

Delk has made an astounding 16,000-plus skydives. He works as a skydiving instructor and competitor at Skydive Arizona, where he currently lives.