Episode 5 of A Champion’s Journey featuring World Champion and Sport Skydiving Icon, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld is available to stream!

Episode 5: World Champion and Sport Skydiving Icon, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld
Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld
Dan, bottom row, 2nd from left, during training with Arizona Airspeed 8, August 2019
Dan jumping with his team, “Airmoves,” in the early 1990’s

Welcome to episode 5 of, A Champion’s Journey. I recently had the unforeseen and incredible opportunity to have a conversation with one of my heroes, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld. 

Dan B.C. is a seven-time World level Champion skydiver and co-founder of the highly successful skydiving team, Arizona Airspeed. 

While training for competition in 1992, Dan survived a catastrophic plane crash which killed 16 people, including his close friend and teammate, James Layne and videographer Dave Clarke, who filled in for Dan’s team videographer due to a camera malfunction for that jump. Dan spent six weeks in a coma with severe traumatic injuries which included a broken neck and collapsed lung. During his long and painful road to recovery, Dan resolved to rebuild his strength and make his return to competitive skydiving.

Not only did Dan return to skydiving, but he went on to lead his team in an impressive list of achievements including four World Cup victories, three World Championship titles, and sixteen National Championship wins. After spending nearly 40 years in the sport and accumulating 28,000+ jumps, Dan has enjoyed continued success, not just as a world-class competitor but as a coach, role model, and mentor. In addition, he continues to motivate and inspire countless others with his remarkable story as an author and public speaker. Dan’s book, “Above All Else,” gives a detailed and personal account of his deeply emotional and profoundly inspirational journey.

Purchase your copy of Dan’s book, “Above All Else,” here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B005NHN0A2&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_C3evDb6X4AZ04

Visit Dan’s website: http://danbrodsky-chenfeld.com

Watch Dan’s Tedx Talk here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHEMVhNEIuI

ACJ Podcast Episode 4 with World Champion Skydiver, Niklas Hemlin Has Launched!

Arizona Airspeed Team Captain, Niklas Hemlin checks the spot before a jump.
Arizona Airspeed
Current Airspeed lineup Left to Right: Niklas Hemlin, Matt Davidson, Thiago Gomes, Mikhail Markine, David French (not pictured)

 

Welcome to this special addition of A Champion’s Journey podcast coming to you from Skydive Arizona where I’m currently training with Arizona Airspeed 4-way Formation Skydiving Team. 

Airspeed is a team with a rich legacy dating back to the early 1990’s. Over that time, they’ve been a formidable powerhouse on the National and International stages, winning Championship titles several times over.

Today, we’ll have a conversation with Airspeed’s Team Captain, National and World Champion, Niklas Hemlin. Nik is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. His drive and passionate obsession for his craft are uncommon even amongst his peers. In addition to being a World class athlete, Nik is a phenomenal coach, highly skilled and well versed in the rich and layered nuances of Formation Skydiving. 

Nik’s Journey has had it’s share of obstacles along the way, but his vision and relentless dedication in leading Airspeed on the path to victory have given him the strength to overcome and become one of the best skydivers and most sought after coaches in the sport today.

“A Champion’s Journey,” Episode 3 with World Champion Brian Krause, launching tomorrow!!

Brian, “BK,” Krause, center, standing, after jumping into Stonehenge.

Brian Krause, also known as BK, is a former member and Team Leader for the U.S. Army Parachute Team’s Formation Skydiving Competition Team. He is largely credited for rebuilding and leading the Golden Knight’s 8-way Team out of a 15 year slump to win the 2012 World Parachuting Championships.

If training for the World Championships wasn’t enough, BK went to work on gaining command approval and recruiting team members to form an all female Golden Knights 4-way Formation Skydiving Team. Six years after their inception and four years after BK’s retirement, GKF4 would go on to win the 2016 World Championships.

Not one to slow down after his military retirement, BK remains active in the sport as a Formation Skydiving competitor and coach, most recently winning the 2019 World Indoor Skydiving Championships with his team, Paraclete XP8.

Double flag jump with GK8 and GKF4 over Laurinburg, NC. Team Leader, Brian Krause in center.
BK geared up for high altitude testing in the Himalayas.

Surprise Change for Episode 2!!

Our planned interview with Brian Krause for episode 2 had to be delayed due to scheduling conflicts but we got a surprise visit from Jose Pruneda, early member of The U.S. Army Parachute Team’s first Canopy Relative Work competition team from the early 1990’s. Jose left in 1994 and, after traveling the globe, is back for the first time in 25 years!

I had the honor of interviewing three of the early members of the Golden Knight’s first CRW team: Mike Eller, Jose Pruneda, and Mario Rivera in a round table discussion. Each shared compelling, emotional, and riveting stories of their Champion’s Journey. You really won’t want to miss this podcast.

Jose Pruneda, bottom jumper, performing a two-way Canopy Relative Work stack.
Jose Pruneda
From left to right: Mario Rivera, Mike Eller, Jose Pruneda, and Matt Davidson

Stay tuned for, A Champion’s Journey episode 2 with Brian Krause

ACJ host, Matt Davidson and Team Leader, Brian Krause running to the plane with GK8 to make a training jump in preparations for the 2010 World Parachuting Championships.

Brian Krause, also known as BK, is a former member and Team Leader of the U.S. Army Parachute Team’s Formation Skydiving Competition Team. He is largely credited for rebuilding and leading the Golden Knight’s 8-way Team out of a 15 year slump to win the 2012 World Parachuting Championships.

If training for the World Championships wasn’t enough, BK went to work on gaining command approval and recruiting team members to form an all female Golden Knights 4-way Formation Skydiving Team. Six years after their inception and four years after BK’s retirement, GKF4 would go on to win the 2016 World Championships.

Years after his military retirement, BK remains dedicated to the sport he loves and continues to stay active as a Formation Skydiving competitor and coach, most recently winning the 2019 World Indoor Skydiving Championships with his team, Paraclete XP8.

A Chat with a Champion

It’s always a great day when you get the opportunity to have a conversation with one of your heroes!

Episode 1 was recorded and will be airing soon! Six time World Skydiving Champion Scott Rhodes came by to tell us about his remarkable Champion’s Journey. He shares with us the rituals, habits, approaches and strategies he’s used to achieve next-level success in all of his endeavors, from skydiving competition to Special Forces selection, rock climbing and physical fitness to Master’s level education.