«Each jump has its own special place in the memory chip, its own adrenaline dose. Even after 3,700 dives, the feeling is as strong as ever. What you feel when you open the door of the plane and jump into the void cannot be described in words,» Yiannis Lykakis of the Thessaloniki Aeroclub told Kathimerini. The fear, he explained, can never be overcome. «If that were to happen, skydiving would lose its attraction.» In contrast to all other extreme sports, skydiving has remained a closed club for the daring few. «The core of those who do skydiving mainly consists of former and serving soldiers, divers and mountaineers. It’s not in the average Greek to do something different. By contrast, every winter I go to Arizona in the USA, and on Sundays, I meet elderly people who jump together with a guide and try out the magic of skydiving. For them, it’s something like visiting a fun fair.» On May 7-9, there will be a competition at Lamia with participants from all over Greece. Bolder readers can log on to to find more information on this exciting pastime.

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