WWL Adopts Individual Athlete Numbering System
The World Wingsuit League is moving from random athlete race numbers to individually assigned numbers that will stay with the wingsuit pilots for the duration of their WWL careers.
“In all previous events, we have asked pilots to pick their numbers randomly,” said WWL president Iiro Seppanen, “but we decided that assigned numbers give our viewers another way to identify and follow their favorites. In football, for example, fans always associate the number 10 with Pele and Maradona. Hockey fans know number 99 can only mean Wayne Gretzky. In basketball, there is only one true number 23 - Michael Jordan – and in baseball, it is number 3 and Babe Ruth.”
All China Grand Prix 2016 pilots will select the number they want to represent them and those numbers will be locked in and announced at a press ceremony before the race begins on October 16th. Several numbers will be off limits, however.
“We are honoring our late athletes by retiring the last number they used at our competition,” Seppanen said. “Out of respect to their legacy, no other jumper will ever wear these numbers.
The numbers to be retired and the names associated with them are:
5 - Jeff Nebelkopf
6 - Dan Vicary
10 - Jhonathan Florez
15 – Ludovic Woerth
22 – Uli Emanuele
30 – Victor Kovats