MAMARONECK — Back in August we brought you the story of Amy Chmelecki, a Mamaroneck native whose four-member skydiving team, Arizona Arsenal, won a silver medal in the World Parachuting Championships in Russia.
Last month, Chmelecki set a new world record when she joined a team of 40 female skydivers from 10 countries to complete the largest all-female formation while flying upside-down.
The jump broke the previous record of 20 skydivers set at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Ariz., in March 2008, according to the United States Parachute Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting safe skydiving nationwide.
The women, after jumping from three planes flying three miles above ground, had less than 60 seconds to complete the “head-down” formation while falling at nearly 200 m.p.h. before separating and opening their parachutes.
The record-setting jumpers came from across the United States and as far away as Australia, France, Finland and Israel. They range in age from 21 to 44, and have professions as varied as software developers, nurses and pilots.
Chmelecki, a professional skydiver, has completed more than 10,000 skydives. She was one of the main organizers of the record-setting event.
PHOTO: Mamaroneck native Amy Chmelecki’s team exiting on a competition jump. (Niklas Daniel).