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The NSL News had introduced the new Paraclete XP8 lineup on 8 January 2013 and followed up with the history of US 8way competition on 22 January 2013. The hand-picked 2013 lineup is a combination of skydiving celebrities, and the new video shows them all in action.
The 8way history in the USA and the scores at the indoor competition have still not convinced the NSL News audience that Paraclete XP8 will be able to defeat the Golden Knights this year. The Golden Knights 8way world champions are currently still far ahead of the challenger in the 8way poll.
|Paraclete Indoor 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Paraclete XP8 (US)||25||19||26||18||25||23||22||27||26||22||233||23.3|
|2||Bonjour Blue Sky (FR)||21||17||27||16||24||19||20||25||20||20||209||20.9|
Paraclete XP owner and team sponsor Tim D'Annunzio has put together other world class 8way lineups in the past, and they all scored well and on the same level as the new 2013 lineup. In fact, XP8 and Bonjour Blue Sky both copied their 2012 scores almost exactly a year later.
The 2012 lineup included two current members (John D'Annunzio, Kirk Verner) and five world class competitors (Brian Johnson, John Eagle, Andy Delk, Thomas Hughes, John Hoover). Former Golden Knight Tim D'Annunzio filled the 8th slot for the indoor competition last year. The 23.5 average could not have been a big surprise.
|Paraclete Indoor 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Golden Knights (US)||33||27||28||38||29||23||28||25||31||27||289||28.9|
|2||Paraclete XP8 (US)||27||23||22||29||24||17||25||21||23||24||235||23.5|
|3||Bonjour Blue Sky (FR)||23||21||20||25||20||18||22||19||21||15||204||20.4|
This year, the Golden Knights are currently busy with their military services and will not begin training before April. They had to sit out for the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2013, except Matt Davidson who was judging the 8way competition.
The XP8 lineup of 2011 was just as high-profiled as in 2012 and 2013, and the 23.9 average showed it. It was almost identical with the 2012 lineup. Kirk Verner, Tim and John D'Annunzio had teamed up with Dennis Rook, Andy Honigbaum and the 2012 members Brian Johnson, John Eagle, Andy Delk.
|Paraclete Indoor 2011||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Golden Knights (US)||38||27||34||23||30||27||24||19||39||20||281||28.1|
|2||Paraclete XP8 (US)||30||22||28||19||26||23||17||18||38||18||239||23.9|
The Paraclete XP8 lineup of 2013 has a joker who did not compete at this year's indoor championship. Tim D'Annunzio is the official alternate for the team, and he is actually running his business, while his team members are the pros in the sport.
Shannon Pilcher will take his slot when the team begins with the serious indoor and outdoor training efforts. He was not available at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship, and Tim D'Annunzio had the opportunity to post some more 8way world class scores with the 2013 lineup. The first scores and videos with Shannon Pilcher will tell the true story of the Paraclete XP8 lineup of 2013.