Chicago man competing in Skydiving World Cup, trains in Rochelle

CHICAGO (WREX) — A Chicago man who is competing for the United States in the World Cup of skydiving has ties to Rochelle.

Alexey Galda, 32, of Chicago, is heading to Ravenna, Italy later this month as a member of the U.S. Parachute Team to participate in the 2019 World Cup of Wingsuit Flying.

Galda earned his place on the U.S. Parachute Team, the nation’s most elite aerial athletes, by winning silver at the 2018 U.S. Parachute Association National Championships.

In wingsuit skydiving, jumpers wear technologically advanced suits that are specially designed to increase their horizontal glide across the ground, allowing them to soar like birds through the sky at horizontal speeds approaching 200 mph.

In the performance flying event, individual competitors are scored on their horizontal distance, flight time and speed as they zoom across the sky.

Galda is a physics research assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

He trains locally at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle.

The World Cup of Wingsuit Flying takes place August 23-29.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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