Fort Bragg native takes home gold in collegiate skydiving championships

A West Point parachute team competes in skydiving events at the 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.


By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: January 13, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A Fort Bragg native now at the U.S. Military Academy won a gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships earlier this month.

Andrew Winski, a sophomore majoring in defense and strategic studies at West Point, took home a gold medal in the novice sport accuracy event, "during which skydivers try to land their parachutes as close as possible to a target while flying across the ground at high speeds," according to the USPA.

He is part of the West Point Parachute Team, better known as the Black Knights, and has completed more than 100 skydives.

The collegiate championships were held at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Florida, according to a spokeswoman for the USPA. More than 80 collegiate skydivers from around the country competed in four disciplines, including formation skydiving, vertical formation skydiving, sport accuracy and classic accuracy.

Winski is the son of Brig. Gen. Brian Winski, a former deputy commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. The elder Winski left Fort Bragg in 2016 for Washington, becoming director of operations, readiness and mobilization in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff at U.S. Army headquarters.


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