[pb_row background="none" solid_color_value="#FFFFFF" solid_color_color="#ffffff" gradient_color="0% #FFFFFF,100% #000000" gradient_color_css="" gradient_direction="vertical" pattern="" repeat="full" image="" stretch="none" position="center center" paralax="no" video_url="" autoplay="no" border_width_value_="0" border_style="solid" border_color="#000" div_padding="" div_padding_top="10" div_padding_bottom="10" div_padding_right="10" div_padding_left="10" css_suffix="" id_wrapper="" ][pb_column span="span6"][pb_text el_title="1st World Cup Event 2005" enable_dropcap="no" appearing_animation="0" ]Marco Wiederkehr of Liechtenstein (blue cap, below) won the first meet of the 2005 ISSA World Cup of Speed Skydiving with 479,33 km/h (297,83 mph), Stan Snigir of USA (in sunglasses, next to Marco) took 2nd place with 447,78 km/h (278,23 mph), and Arnold Hohenegger of Austria (red jacket) finished 3rd with 438,81 km/h (272,65 mph) over Beni Mellal in Morocco, March 18-20.

THE WINNER
Marco Wiederkehr finished with a (3-jump) meet result of 479,33 km/h (297,83 mph), and by being the fastest on every jump, he was almost in a league entirely of his own.

"I am really happy with my performance. I didn't believe I would go that fast! Maybe I am faster when I just let everything happen instead of fighting for speed," Marco Wiederkehr commented.

Wiederkehr holds both World Records with a jump at 502,11 km/h ( 312 mph) over Hibaldstow in 2004, and a meet result of 483,58 km/h (300,47 mph) from the final event over Lapalisse, France in September 2002.
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Stan Snigir took the US record back from Nik Mosesov in the first jump, and pushed it further on his 2nd jump, to 453,07 km/h (281,51 mph). Snigir barely lost the US record to Mosesov over Jumptown in August 2004, but kept his Meet Result Record.

"My main objective was not to hurt myself more then I already was after a recent skiing accident, and the minimum plan was to get my record back. Which i did. And i didn't polish it. Nik polished mine, since he only improved it by 0.5 km. I broke it good. like my leg last year", Snigir wrote in an email, and continued.

"I was pretty sure I'd place 4th when I was going to Morocco. Turned out I was wrong! Feels good to be ahead of Mark and Arnold. And it was all due to my wrong choice of jumpsuit last year. Two years ago, when I started with Speed Skydiving, I was good and fast, and then I made a mistake - I got a tighter suit. Now, back to my old RW suit with grippers and loose booties, I got quick again."

Snigir made 5 jumps in the meet faster than Mosesov's old record, and improved his Meet Result Record to 447,78 km/h (278,23 mph).

THE BRONZE MEDALIST
Arnold Hohenegger beat the Austrian Record in the third jump, and with a meet result of 438,81 km/h (272,65 mph) he inched ahead of England's Mark Calland - the 2004, and reigning ISSA World Cup Champion.

The closest anyone came to Wiederkehr, on a single jump, was 3rd place finisher Arnold Hohenegger, on Jump 3. Setting a new Austrian Record with 447,17 km/h (277,85 mph), he came within 3 km/h (~2 mph) of Wiederkehr.[/pb_text][/pb_column][/pb_row]