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The personnel changes for Arizona Airspeed and SDC Rhythm XP do not seem to change the situation in the USA very much. Airspeed is still the country's top team, and Rhythm will continue as the main challenger.
The picture may look differently on the international top level in 4way Formation Skydiving competition. The NSL News inquired for an update from Belgium, where NMP-PCH Hayabusa is carefully storing the first silver medals for the country in the history of the sport. Hayabusa won the silver medals at the Mondial Dubai 2012, one single point behind Airspeed at the end of the 10-round meet.
|World Meet 2008||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||30||32||24||16||29||21||28||15||195||24.4|
|2||France Maubeuge (FR)||28||30||23||17||27||23||28||18||194||24.3|
|3||HayaBusa Defence (BE)||27||33||23||17||27||22||25||17||191||23.9|
The charts are showing the scoring numbers over the years between Hayabusa and the US national teams and Arizona Airspeed specifically. The first chart compares the Hayabusa performance with any US national teams only at outdoor meets since the Belgian team was formed in 2004.
The second chart compares Hayabusa and Airspeed directly and includes the indoor competitions where the Belgians have outscored the Americans a few times. The numbers speak their own language, and new Airspeed member Chris Farina may be facing the toughest challenge of all Airspeed lineups in the past years.
|World Meet 2010||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)||21||22||56||20||22||24||22||24||40||26||277||27.7|
|2||Arizona Airspeed (US)||22||21||53||23||20||24||23||25||40||23||274||27.4|
|3||Sky Panthers (RU)||19||21||56||21||19||21||23||22||41||21||264||26.4|
|4||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||21||21||55||20||17||20||23||22||36||18||253||25.3|
He and the Grauwels brothers David and Andy have been training and competing together since 2004. The 4th team member changed on a regular basis. Sven Ibens competed for Hayabusa in Croatia 2004 and Germany 2006. Luc Verstrepen had the Center Inside slot in France 2008, and Waedong So was Hayabusa's Point in Russia 2010.
Dennis Praet has been the Point for the last two years and came closer to the gold medals than any other Hayabusa lineup. Now the same lineup continues for two more years, and Belgium may have become the top favorite for the World Championship of Formation Skydiving in 2014.
|World Meet 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||27||34||27||22||23||23||32||25||40||26||279||27.9|
|2||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||25||34||27||21||23||24||32||27||40||25||278||27.8|
Roy Janssen knows who will turn on the heat when it comes to this point in 2014, which is very likely to happen. It would not be a surprise if Airspeed and Hayabusa would be locked into each other once again in the battle for the gold medals. He is still happy for Chris Farina:
"He gets his chance now, and for sure it is the best team in the United States at this moment. We had some battles with Perris Fury in the past, and it looks like we will continue, but now with him in the Airspeed lineup. It is also good that Airspeed can continue with a strong lineup. They have been strong players since the early 90's and for sure they deserve to keep going with their project. We are already looking forward to some great battles!"
Chris Farina is moving to Arizona in February and will have little time to train with the new lineup. Airspeed has traditionally a very intense beginning of the new competition season before slowing down in the middle of the year. The reigning world champions will have completed two indoor and two outdoor meets in April.
Alternate Thiago Gomes will also get his training opportunities, Chris Farina added. The team will schedule some additional training sessions to keep him involved this year.