Can you believe it!? Well, take a trip down memory lane with me with this commemorative Throw Back Thursday!
I recently had a friend ask me, “How long have you been in skydiving?” I sat back and thought while I did the math.
“Wow, it’s been 20 years since my first solo jump!”
First solo jump: Circa June 1994
First solo, landing: Circa June 1994
And it’s been one amazing journey! Here’s a fun look back at the last 20…
’ve trained and competed at a world level, I’ve helped organize world records – I’ve participated in 11! I’ve had the privilege to travel the world for skydiving events; I have new sponsors and sponsors I’ve now been with for over a decade (Performance Designs & SunPath)! I’m the 121st recipient of the 10,000 jump award and have earned the 2011 Stephan Banic award for my contributions to the sport. I co-created VFS into competition and participated in many USPA Board of Directors meetings. I’ve published a book about my dad in skydiving, written dozens of articles for industry magazines and blog my heart away. I’ve run one of the largest skydiving centers to working at a little Cessna DZ. I’ve lept from various types of aircraft and even became a private pilot. I’ve worked in manifest to becoming an AFF-instructor to becoming a freefly load organizer and coach. Not to mention all the amazing people I’ve met along the way! I went from Missy Nelson to Melissa Nelson to Melissa Lowe! Now, I’m 28 weeks pregnant with a future 4th generation skydiver!
All this would not be possible without man who dared to follow his dreams. Thank you first must go to my grandfather, Carl Nelson, Sr. who began this family legacy. And a huge love and thanks to my late father, Roger Nelson and Carl Nelson, Jr.