Julsen lands spot on world skydiving team
SUMMIT COUNTY – In January, record-setting skydiver Debbie Julsen will be helping the Queen of Thailand celebrate her 72nd birthday – by jumping out of a plane.
Julsen, who attempted a world record in September with 123 group jumpers, was noticed as one of the best divers in the group.
So, a captain on the world team asked her to join the team that will perform for royalty.
“I’m thrilled,” Julsen, from Keystone, wrote via e-mail. “We need to order special color-coded jumpsuits. The colors will be red or white or blue. And we will be ordering special helmets.”
Julsen, who performed in California with the hopes of landing a spot on the world team, will jump in a group of 372 skydivers attempting to hook up into one formation for the world record. The current record is 300 people.
The special helmet will come into play when she leaps from the air bus at 25,000 feet and she needs a supplementary oxygen supply.
In California, the 50-year-old and her teammates failed in 18 attempts for the sequential group jump. Each person jumps at 16,000 feet and attempts to link into one formation.
Then, all the skydivers break apart and rejoin into a different formation. In the end, Julsen wrote, one person never broke her original grip.
“(It was) very unfortunate for us all, but nevertheless, it was probably the best skydive of my career,” Julsen added. “It was amazing. So we ended that weekend with great memories and no new record.”
Julsen owns several state records for group jumps including the Texas record of 125 jumpers. She’s completed over 1,300 jumps in her life and also flies a Cessna 182 to Alaska every year.
For now, Julsen’s preparing for her trip by updating her gear, buying airline tickets, updating her passport and getting a membership into the National Aeronautical Association.
Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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