Jeff Provenzano first fell in love with sky diving when he was 18. He didn't know much about the sport at the time, just that it looked like fun. Then, he jumped out of a plane for the first time. "As soon as I jumped out, all the fear I'd had about my first jump melted away," he remembers. "Even while I was still in free-fall, I kept thinking, 'This is it, there's no going back.' I was too young to really think that I should be absolutely terrified at that moment. I just thought it was amazing."
Fast-forward 23 years, and Provenzano is still just as obsessed with sky diving as he was the first time he jumped out of the plane—but he's dealt with his fair share of injuries and self-doubt along the way. Here's how he copes.