Daniel Sazhin has been flying gliders since 2008 and loves racing and record flying.
He earned all of his Badges and Diplomas in Aero Club Albatross’ 1-26E. He has competed in many contests and won the 2013 1-26 championship and the 2018 Sports Class Nationals. He has had the honor of representing the US Team in the 2015 and 2017 Junior Worlds. In 2019, he was the Contest Director for the 1-26 Championships. He is a PhD student, studying Cognitive Psychology at Temple University.
See his blog at: https://soaringeconomist.com/
What are your training and preparation plans (i.e. flying the pre-WGC, conference calls, studying flights from Szeged, etc…) before attending the upcoming 2019 Jr. WWGC?
Daniel: “Most of my training consisted of flying the Club Class Nationals and 12 days of team flying with Noah and possibly JP at the end of this upcoming week. (6/28)”
If you have participated in a previous WGC and/or pre-WGC what is the biggest insight you came away which you plan to apply to this Jr. WGC?
Daniel: “Previous worlds taught me the value of team flying, understanding and exploiting gaggles, and appreciating how the scoring incentives work in high-level competition.”
Why do you want to fly for the US Team?
Daniel: “I want to fly for the US Team because it’s the highest honor for me to represent my country at a sporting event.”
Melanie is strictly ground crew (N1K), but is an avid lover of the sport. She is the ussoaringteams.org web master and loves new ideas so feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, and give her additional content!