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The other one took place at the USPA Nationals 2013. The defending USPA champion and bronze medalist at the Mondial Dubai 2012, SDC Standard XP, did not try to defend the USPA gold medals on home turf. Arizona Arsenal took the 1st place of the US teams and is the new national VFS 4way team for the US Formation Skydiving delegation in Prostejov next year.
It is not the first time that Arizona Arsenal won the USPA Nationals and competed for the US delegation at international events. In fact, Amy Chmelecki, Steve Curtis, Ty Losey and Jason Peters won the USPA gold medals when the event was introduced at the USPA Nationals 2006 for the first time, with Sara Bennett on camera.
|USPA Nationals 2013||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Total||Avg|
|1||Dubai Nexus (AE)||16(-2)||23||20(-2)||38(-1)||23(-1)||21(-2)||19||20||180||22.5|
|2||Team4speed SD (FR)||18(-1)||24||19||32(-1)||21(-1)||25||18(-1)||16(-2)||173||21.6|
|3||Arizona Arsenal (US)||18(-1)||22||16(-1)||25(-2)||22||24||15(-2)||15||157||19.6|
|4||Arizona Drive (US)||11||12||10||20||15||12||12||12||104||13.0|
|5||Eggum Racing (US)||0||3||1||3||3||4||1||1||16||2.0|
It was also the first international VFS 4way competition for Team4speed with the original lineup (Frederic Nenet, Cyril Colin, David Maleze, Raphael Coudray, with Yannick Poletti on camera). Raphael Coudray, Frederic Nenet and Yannick Poletti would continue and eventually win FAI gold medals for France in 2010 and 2012.
Arizona Arsenal continued with the same lineup in 2009, won the USPA gold medals and went on to win the silver medals for the US delegation in Menzelinsk 2010.
|VFS World Cup 2008||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Total||Avg|
Arizona Arsenal (US)
Arsenal still competed in Menzelinsk 2010 for the USA but had to face a very strong Standard lineup at the USPA Nationals a month later. Standard won by one single point (170 - 169) on home turf at Skydive Chicago in September 2010 and increased the difference to Arsenal (155 - 128) with the new linup (Jason Peters, Rook Nelson, Mickey Nuttall, Will Pesek, Dalton Samuelson) in 2011.
The USPA Nationals 2011 were also the meet where Dubai Nexus competed as a guest team and came close enough to Arizona Arsenal (120) to present themselves as a new serious player in the international VFS competition world.
|Mondial Dubai 2012||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Total||Avg|
|1||Team4speed XP (FR)||30||23||25||19||23||22||21||22||185||23.1|
|2||Dubai Nexus (AE)||31||28||22||18||23||18||17||20||177||22.1|
|3||SDC Standard XP (US)||29||23||22||17||19||21||18||19||168||21.0|
It was as difficult as it was expected to be, and SDC Standard XP ended up in 3rd place at the team's first World Championship of Formation Skydiving. It was time for a break, as Rook Nelson mentioned during the USPA Nationals 2013, and Arizona Arsenal has a new opportunity to compete for the USA at the next world meet.
Brandon Atwood has taken the slot that Jason Peters had for Arsenal before he joined SDC Standard XP, and Sara Curtis has moved in front of the camera, which has been taken by Niklas Daniel. Steve Curtis and Amy Chmelecki are the same original members. Dubai Nexus and Team4speed SD showed Arizona Arsenal in Ottawa what to expect next year. It will not be any easier than it was for SDC Standard XP...