Jul. 31, 2013 – Following a commanding performance at the US Canopy Piloting (CP) Nationals in May, Curt Bartholomew and Nick Batsch from Team Alter Ego are ready to repeat that dominate performance at the The World Games in Cali, Columbia, starting Thursday, August 1.
Chosen as two of only 6 US Canopy Pilots to compete at the World Games (organized by the International Olympic Committee), Bartholomew & Batsch are the early favorites to bring home Gold and Silver at the widely covered event.
Although the pair bested the rest of the field by 45 points at the US National Championships and became the winningest CP team in US Nationals history with their 5th collective Gold, they aren’t taking their competition for granted and are always pushing their training and performances to stay on top.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to take part in such a large scale, world class event,”
As teammates, they rely on each other during competitions in planning strategies for each round and discipline. Having won every major CP competition for the past two years, their strength as teammates is paying off.
“We push and help each other, it’s how we stay on top,” Batsch shared. “Our goal is not just to win, but to win by a staggering separation between us and the rest of the field. We are talking with each other in between every round to make sure we have the right plan for each event”
As competitors, they are each other’
“If someone is going to beat me, I want it to be my teammate,”
The World Games
The World Games began Friday, July 26 and includes 4500+ athletes from 101 countries participating in 31 different sports. The Canopy Piloting competition at the World Games will be held August 1-4. The CP field is comprised of 36 registered competitors and includes only the very best Canopy Pilots from around the world.
Canopy Piloting competitions are judged over the performances in 9 rounds of competition:
Team Alter Ego’s Curt Bartholomew & Nick Batsch
Bartholomew & Batsch currently hold 3 global titles: Bartholomew holds the CP World and Dubai International Parachuting Championships, while Batsch is the current CP World Cup and US National Champion. Immediately following the World Games, Bartholomew & Batsch will travel to Kolmna, Russia for the Canopy Piloting World Cup Championships, followed by the 4th Dubai International Parachuting Championship in December.