Cheryl Stearns

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Cheryl Stearns
Medal record
Representing  United States
Women's Parachuting
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Toba, Japan Overall Individual Style and Accuracy

Cheryl Stearns (born 14 July 1955[1]) is an American skydiver.

She won the bronze medal in Women's Overall Individual Style and Accuracy at the XXV World Parachuting Championships in Japan in 2000.

Life[edit]

She received her education from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1985. She would go onto winning the gold medal in the category "Overall, Women" in 1978 and 1994.[2] She holds the record for the most total parachute jumps made by a woman - 21,000 jumps as of June 14 2019.[3] She also holds the record for most parachute jumps made in a 24-hour period by a woman - 352 jumps from November 8–9, 1995.[4]

More recently, Stearns was involved in the StratoQuest project, which endeavored to break Joseph Kittinger's long-standing record for the highest altitude parachute jump ever, with a jump from at least 110,000 feet.

Stearns made her first jump in 1971 at the age of 17.[5]

In 1977 she became the first female member of the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's elite parachute team. She served two three-year tours.[6] She served two active duty hitches with the Golden Knights in her military career.[7]

As of 2015 she was an on-call pilot for US Airways.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CHERYL A. STEARNS". www.pimaair.org. Pima Air & Space Museum. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ "FAI World Parachuting Championships". FAI. Archived from the original on 2001-03-05. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  3. ^ "Skydiving World Records". Freefall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  4. ^ "Skydiving World Records". Freefall Addicts. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  5. ^ a b Graff, Michael (January 1, 2015). "Grounded: Cheryl Stearns". Charlotte Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Cheryl Stearns". Women in Sports. Make It Happen. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Alvarez, Steven (2001-05-15). "US Department of Defense". US Department of Defense. Retrieved 2019-09-26.

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