Did you have a skydiving accident?
Augustdorfer jumps at Parachute DM
Augustdorf (cp). When the hatch opens, there will be around 3,200 meters between Peter Ingenhaag and the ground. With his parachute jump team "AtomiX" he regularly throws himself out of the plane. The fact that the Augustdorfer can still do this cannot be taken for granted: In winter he suffered a fractured cervical vertebra while training. From Tuesday, after a long rehab, he will compete in the German Parachute Jump Championships in Eisenach. Ingenhaag spoke to “Lippe aktuell” about his accident, his passion for extreme sports and the upcoming DM.
LA: On New Year's Eve you were in the clinic with a fractured cervical vertebra after an accident while skydiving. Life-threatening injury, surgery, umpteen visits to the doctor, lengthy rehab. Now you jump again. That sounds crazy.
Peter Ingenhaag: Crazy? No! Does a soccer player stop playing because they tear their cruciate ligament?
Of course, a cervical fracture is different. But I know what I did wrong in the accident, it was my own stupidity.
LA: What exactly happened there?
I've trained another discipline, where you practice high-speed landings (high-speed landings, editor's note). If you put your turns too deep, then you will be missing
maybe five or ten meters. Then there is only the floor. And then it hurts. I was really lucky.
LA: How did you experience the time after that? You haven't been to Germany either?
No, that was in Dubai, just before New Year's Eve. We actually wanted to fly home the next day. That didn't work then. A couple of Springer friends took care of me and stopped by every day. When it became clear that I had to have an operation because the doctors hadn't let me fly, my mother came. We flew home three days after the operation. And then I sat here with a big "necktie" and then I went from doctor to doctor, rehab, a lot of sport ... At the beginning of June my CT looked so good that the doctors said, "Ok, try it . "
LA: Others would give up jumping after such an incident. Is skydiving addicting?
Yes, otherwise I wouldn't do it. It's just fun! And there are just different intentions for parachuting. Some are just pure jokers. Still others, like my team and I, are more competitive.
LA: How did you feel about the first jump after that?
Hmm, I was a little scared. First I made a very gentle jump from a height of 1,500 meters and immediately opened the umbrella, then built in a little more free fall each time.
I noticed: it doesn't hurt, everything holds. You just have to build trust in your body again. It's the same with every athlete who's injured.
LA: And how was the first jump with the team?
I was just partying. The whole week of training I was just happy that I could jump again.
LA: You are formation jumpers. Everything looks so simple in your videos. How much work is there really behind, how do you train?
When the open-air season starts in Germany, we are in the air on weekends, at least once a month for three days. Then we meet in Itzehoe to jump and are looked after by a Belgian coach.
On a training day like this, that's twelve to fourteen jumps, which is exhausting. In winter we are in the wind tunnel, at least an hour every month.
Everyone takes care of the necessary physical fitness themselves.
LA: Now you are preparing for the DM. It starts next week!
Exactly! In July we had a full week of training with the team, which was really good. In Eisenach we do three or four training jumps on Monday to acclimate ourselves, then we start!
We are excited to see what will come out, whether we are better than last time.
LA: Speaking of which: in 2012 you already won the title in the junior class. Now you are going to start in the open class. What did you plan to do?
With such a question you always have to ponder (grins). But the plan is: we want to be on the podium.
LA: What other challenges are there for you after 1,400 jumps?
1,400 jumps sounds like a lot to a pedestrian - but it's not: I know people with over 20,000 jumps.
In October we are going to Arizona, where a 224 formation is being tried only with German jumpers, a national record attempt. I'm excited because it's a bit tricky with so many people in the air. I've never done such a huge thing.
I'm looking forward to it - and of course to preparing for the next season with the team of four.
LA: Thank you for the interview and good luck at the German Championships!
Peter Ingenhaag jun. (31) is the managing director of “Ingenhaag Autovermietung” in Augustdorf. He came to parachuting through the German Armed Forces, where he was a paratrooper in 2003/04. His first military jump was "easy", the first civil one in 2008 in Portugal
on the other hand "horror". Since then he has never had as long a break from jumping as after his accident. Ingenhaag came to formation jumping at the beginning of 2011. Already in 2012 he won the title in the junior class with his team at the time. Since the end of 2012 he has been jumping with the "AtomiX". (cp)
FS 4er: Four jumpers in formation
Peter Ingenhaag and his team "AtomiX" start in the parachute jump DM in the discipline "FS 4er" (formation with four jumpers). Four jumpers form figures together in freefall by holding onto arms and legs. For each competition jump, a predetermined sequence with five to six of these figures (formations) must be repeated as often as possible within 35 seconds. It is crucial to perform rotations and changes of position quickly and precisely.
The jump is filmed by a video man. The jury will judge on the basis of these films. Each formation shown in full results in a point. The competition usually lasts ten rounds. The winner is whoever has the most points in the end. (cp)
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