Sport: Falling Free

It was a meeting of the steel-nerved, a championship of far-out, far-up sport, and the finest things about it were hidden by clouds and distance. For spectators at Orange, Mass., last week, the World Sport Parachuting Championships held bleak rewards: the sight of countless parachutes floating down, enough accidents to add the thrill of danger. But for the chutists, there was the intoxicating sensation of man flying on his own, guiding his long, downward swoop through the atmosphere.

Invisible Stunts. Points are awarded in sport parachuting both for accuracy (trying to hit the exact center of the 328-ft. target area from as...

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