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Toms Ivans

2018 FAI World Cup Champion

Toms got into indoor skydiving after having tried quite a few other sports with a very similar profile during his teens: breaking, freerunning and parkour … All of them are authentic Generation-Z sports – with a huge cult following and negligible television coverage.

 

The reason for Toms to plunge himself into the blast of air: he had watched a group of Latvian performers put on a high-flying show during the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Shortly thereafter he got started himself and ended up joining the staff of AERODIUM, the company behind the show and the machine that made it possible.

 

He quit his job as a chef and focused on being the #1 in his new Generation-Z sport of choice. In 2012, at the age of 20, he was starting to close in on his ambitious goal. He worked around the globe as an acclaimed creator of flying shows (Pirates of the Carribean at the Shanghai Disney) and as sought-after personal trainer of indoor skydiving champions as well as top-billing film stars such as Tom Cruise.

 

After he had concentrated on flying in open-air tunnels for much of his early years, he started to include closed and air-recirculating tunnels in his training regime from 2016. Two years later, in October 2018, he won the 2018 FAI World Cup in Indoor Freestyle Skydiving in Bahrein, BRN

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“Training a lot in outdoor tunnels makes for a noticeable difference in your style,” he explained afterwards. "Since all the other flyers were amazing too, maybe it was this difference that made the judges choose me on the day.”

 

He also credited his wife Veronika, an indoor skydiver herself, with much of the artistry behind the winning routine. “I’m lucky because my wife supported me all the way through,” said Ivans. “She’s the creative one with the great ideas.”

 

Even if Toms was not able to claim the title at the 2019 FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championships in Lille, France, and had to settle for sixth place behind some of his trainees, we should see him back on the highest pedestal soon.