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The special attention is related to one of the team members. Center Inside Claudia Breidbach was born without a left hand and takes the 4way grips with a special prosthesis.
Claudia Breidbach made her first skydive in the summer of 2009. The new video, which portraits her in August 2010, shows that she came into Formation Skydiving a year later. It includes a 2way jump with Christian Wirth, a former Final Four member and German silver medalist of 2011.
Rebecca Steinberg (Tail), Michael “Macko” Mackowiak (Center Outside) and Michael “Speedy” Sigl (Point) are the other three Karma members. Team captain Michael Sigl told the Sun Path Products NSL News that his team plans to compete in the Rookie Class at the German Nationals, and Karma wants to win or medal with a 10+ meet average.
It's a very challenging goal. The German Rookie Class is almost identical with the A Class of the NSL 4way Network and includes seven of the eight A Class blocks. Last year's winner finished with a 12.4 average, and the two other medal winners posted 11+ averages.
|German Nationals 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Four Elements (DE)||15||15||15||13||11||12||16||10||9||8||124||12.4|
|2||Kiwis Kassel (DE)||15||9||17||12||12||7||13||11||12||9||117||11.7|
|3||Go Relative (DE)||13||13||15||11||10||10||15||9||11||9||116||11.6|
|7||Horschd Macht Erndschd (DE)||6||8||10||8||8||6||9||6||8||8||77||7.7|
|8||Helden Wie Wir (DE)||8||5||9||6||8||5||6||3||5||4||59||5.9|
|9||Team RSA (DE)||7||5||5||7||7||3||6||3||3||8||54||5.4|
Team Karma wants to show not only to the skydiving community that it is possible for Claudia Breidbach to be highly competitive in the same competition class with all other "normal" teams.
The special situation of the new German team requires some additional attention to certain flying skills. Michael Sigl explained that the team has to consider the limited options for launching complete formations from the jump plane.
The other Karma members have to present their grips carefully, as Claudia Breidbach cannot reach far to help closing a gap. The formations need to be in good shape, as the grip connections are vulnerable to tension. He said that it was difficult for Claudia Breidbach in the past to commit to 4way competition and find team members who were willing to make the extra efforts.
The Karma members see the additional challenges as an advantage, as they have to fly even more accurately. The team plans go beyond the German Nationals 2013, and the results of dealing with the challenging circumstances could be seen later on. Karma is already looking at the AA Class dive pool...