Published: May 26, 2014
Dan Rizzo's first skydive was a birthday present from his family and he's been hooked ever since. Whether he's setting state skydiving records from 21,000 feet, backpacking through Italy or practicing law, Dan is passionate about life! Find out more about what inspires Dan and what he loves about skydiving and this week's 10 Questions with Dan Rizzo.
1. What attracted you to the sport of skydiving?
DR: I was fascinated by the fact there was a sport that seemed so dangerous, and so crazy, yet people have been doing it safely for decades. I had to find out what it was all about for myself.
2. What influenced you to actually make the phone call to make your first skydive?
DR: I received a gift certificate for a tandem from my family as a birthday present. So I had a free skydive, I had no excuses at that point!
3. What's the most memorable skydive you've ever been on?
DR: That's a tough one. There've been quite a few that stand out for different reasons. Sometimes even a skydive that may seem routine (assuming there is such a thing) on its surface can be amazing and memorable depending on the group, the weather etc. For me though, probably participating in the Michigan State record for the highest altitude group skydive stands out as one of the best if not THE best. We took a 6 way to 21,000 feet in 2011 in our Caravan. The record still stands to this day.
4. Who / What inspires you?
DR: Truly happy, energetic people are an inspiration. Most of us have to put on smiles in our 9 to 5 worlds, but some people never have to because they are genuine. My wife Pam is one of them. I've also found the highest concentration of these people in our skydiving community and spending time with them is an amazing thing.
5. Of the places you have visited - what is your favorite place and why?
DR: This has nothing to do with skydiving but so far it would have to be Italy. I spent a week backpacking around the country, sleeping on trains and in Hostels when I was living in England for law school. So much history and beauty there. I spent so much time traveling from city to city I barely scratched the surface of any one place.
6. What other interests do you have outside of skydiving?
DR: I love my work and practicing law. I've been a guitar player for the past 25 years. I love running, cooking and great movies.
7. What is something about you that few people know about?
DR: Not a whole lot believe it or not. I love rabbits and Pam and I had two as pets.
8. What's on your bucket list?
DR: I would love to return to Italy some day to spend more time in fewer places and learn more about the culture and people.
9. What do you do for work? If you could do anything as an occupation - what would it be?
DR: I'm a partner at Secrest Wardle, a large litigation firm in Troy, Michigan. I represent and defend insurance companies and their insureds in auto accident lawsuits. If I could do anything else it would probably be working as a lottery winner or unemployed heir to a large inheritance. LOL!!
10. What are your future goals?
DR: Helping as many people as I can learn and grow as skydivers, including myself. It's impossible to learn everything there is to know about skydiving.
Thank you so much for checking this off my bucket list!
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