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Ottawa is at the center of the skydiving universe

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2016

Skydivers from across the globe are making their way to the Illinois Valley.

Skydive Chicago in Ottawa is hosting the 2016 World Parachuting Championships. Teams from nearly 40 countries are expected to compete.

On Sunday, Ottawa High School will be the location for the World Parachuting Championships opening ceremonies from 4 until 6. There will be a 9/11 tribute, a flyover and skydivers bringing a huge American flag down from the sky.

Skydivers will compete in several categories including: formation skydiving; freefall style; and speed skydiving.

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