Chemi

Amy Chmelecki

As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a skydiver.

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Hi, my name is Amy Chmelecki. My discipline is skydiving, wingsuit flying, tunnel flying. My friends call me Chemi. I was born on 3 November 1976 in Westchester County, New York, USA. My special talent is ... this question just makes me giggle. My philosophy of life is be kind to others, have fun, and do your best. The most important person in my life is the person I am talking to. My favourite food is lobster. My favourite music is loud.

Bio

As far back in her childhood as she can remember, Amy Chmelecki always wanted to be a skydiver. The ambition to learn the sport began as early as age 13, and continued through her teenage years, until finally getting her first chance at the legal age of 18.

After that first experience of freefall, she knew skydiving would be a major focus of her life. Later that year, Amy earned her skydiving license in her native New York. For the next three years, she would make time to jump as much as possible while finishing college. After college, Amy headed west to has spent her time practicing the sport at Skydive Arizona.

She dreamed of being a professional snowboarder as a kid, but at 18 found an altogether different kind of 'big air'.

"After I went for a skydive when I turned 18, I realised it was something you could do all the time, if you wanted. I never looked back," Amy says. She scored her first sponsorship in 2001 and from there knew that skydiving, wingsuit flying, tunnel flying and were going to be her aerial-based career of choice.

"I saw a path paved out for me. It was a great feeling. It was like I had no question that I was going to have a good career, and a good time."

Fast forward more than a decade and Amy's picked up 13 national titles, seven world titles and an astounding 11 world records and counting. She puts her stellar resume down to experience in her sport, and having taken part in lots of different disciplines.

"Most people hang out in a specific discipline for a while, win a championship, and then stop. I am always fired up about the next new thing to learn and master," she explains.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2013
    1. U.S. Nationals, Gold

      4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving - Arizona Arsenal, Alternate

  2. 2013
    1. World Record

      63-Way Women's VFS

  3. 2012
    1. U.S. Nationals, Silver

      4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving - Arizona Arsenal

  4. 2011
    1. U.S. Nationals, Silver

      4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving - Arizona Arsenal

  5. 2010
    1. World Record

      41-Way Women's VFS

    2. U.S. Nationals, Silver

      4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving - Arizona Arsenal

    3. World Meet, Silver

      4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving - Arizona Arsenal

  6. 2009
    1. World Cup, Gold

      4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving - Arizona Arsenal