Old Lyme skydiver wins national championship with Flatspin team

Jeff Harrigan of Old Lyme, far right, poses with other members of his skydiving team. (Photo by David Wybenga/USPA)
Jeff Harrigan of Old Lyme, far right, poses with other members of his skydiving team. (Photo by David Wybenga/USPA)

Old Lyme native Jeff Harrigan has reclaimed the gold at the U.S. Parachute Association National Championships of Wingsuit Flying with his team, Flatspin.

The win once again earns Harrigan’s team a spot on the U.S. Parachute Team to compete in next year’s World Championships, where they will defend their world champion title.

Wingsuit skydivers use suits designed to increase their horizontal glide and soar at nearly 200 mph. Flatspin competes in the acrobatic flying event, in which two performers and a camera flyer play aerial tag mid-air.

Harrigan works for Pratt & Whitney, and his team trains at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington. Throughout his training and competing, he has completed more than 2,000 skydives.

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