Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Overcoming Fear Can Bring a Rush of Satisfaction

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Overcoming Fear Can Bring a Rush of Satisfaction

Article excerpt

"The point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear," according to a popular quote by actor Will Smith.

Living that favorite quote, Sgt. Blake Gaynor of the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team stands at the edge of a Fokker C-31A Troopship door, bracing against the turbulence before leaping 12,500 feet. Golden Knights have performed more than 17,000 shows around the world, like last weekend's Shop 'n Save Westmoreland County Airshow at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

"I really enjoy the peacefulness of jumping out of an airplane," said Sgt. Gaynor of Dallas. "Once you get out there, it's just you, the elements, mother nature and your parachute."

After a two month grueling selection process and hundreds of free falls, Sgt. …

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