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IFly hosts World Cup of Indoor Skydiving starting Friday

Pam LeBlanc

Some of the top skydivers in the world are headed to Austin, and you won’t have to squint your eyes skyward to watch them compete.

IFly Indoor Skydiving, 13265 North Highway 183, will host the first-ever Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Cup of Indoor Skydiving. Teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Mexico, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the United States will compete for World Cup titles in team, duo and individual events.

In formation events, athletes will get 35 seconds to perform pre-determined formations, chosen at random by the judges. They’ll be scored based on how many sequences they execute accurately. Artistic events work more like figure skating or gymnastics. The more difficult and perfectly executed the maneuver, the more points it earns.The top three teams with the most points at the end of all rounds get medals.

Opening ceremonies start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Boulevard. The competition runs Friday through Sunday, and it’s free to watch. (Viewing area is limited.)

For a complete schedule and live streaming of the event, go here.

Awards and closing ceremonies starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by dinner at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Fans and spectators can buy a banquet ticket for $110 online or at the event.