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The pure numbers show as well that both teams had good reasons to be happy with the results of the first meet this year, even though the first view may not support this statement. Perris Fury is obviously still far behind Airspeed Odyssey, a difference of 18 points after ten rounds is hard to swallow at the very top level of 4-way competition.
However, the picture changes for Perris Fury after a closer look at the updated chart, which has kept track of both teams' scores at the same events. The gap between Airspeed and Fury has become a little closer. The preview of the Valentine's Meet 2009 on 13 February 2009 already brought up the same race between these two teams since the beginning of the 2007 season.
The Perris team may be even more encouraged by looking at the separate scoring progression of both teams in the same time period.
These charts disregard the indoor meets and show all scores at all outdoor meets, not only the scores of the meets where both teams competed directly with each other. These records make the Perris team look more consistent and progressive, while Airspeed Odyssey seems to have peaked in 2007.
A more accurate statement can probably be provided by comparing the starting scores of each competition season directly with each other. Airspeed Odyssey opened the 2009 season on a significantly higher scoring level than ever before in the team's career. The same lineup started in 2007 with a 22.2 average at the Valentine's Meet and scored lower a year later (21.7) in Eloy. This year's 23.2 average at the Valentine's Meet last weekend could be a threatening warning for all other top contenders: Airspeed Odyssey is better and stronger than ever.
Both US top teams do have good reasons to be satisfied and happy with their first scores of the 2009 season. The results at the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2009 in March will provide the next numbers and allow more evaluation and speculation. In addition, there will be the French factor in DeLand.
The meet preparations are in full swing in DeLand, and the event pages with additional information are already available. The Shamrock Showdown is a 10-round competition and includes the traditional Skins Game. The event is also the season opener of the Florida Skydiving League 2009 season. Teams can already register at the info page.