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... that Carolina Turbo XP is the most improved US top team of 2013?

Carolina Turbo XP after Round 10 at the USPA Nationals 2013
posted Oct 3rd, 2013 - It doesn't seem like much that Carolina Turbo XP has moved up the USPA Open Class leaderboard by one slot, from 7th place in 2012 to 6th place of all Open Class teams in 2013. However, the Sun Path Products NSL News has taken a closer look at the positions and numbers that lead to a different conclusion.

The news update from the USPA Nationals 2013 on 14 September 2013 during this year's live coverage of the event mentioned the young team even as a USPA bronze medal contender. The final leaderboard with the eligible teams is showing that the bronze medals were very much in reach.

In fact, it was a great battle for the USPA bronze medals between Turbo and the Golden Knights who were defending last year's position. Turbo was not anywhere close to a medal position in 2012 and now challenged the US Army team throughout the whole 10-round competition.

USPA Nationals 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
Rank4way Open/AAA ClassG,9,C,PF,5,151,E,84,M,7H,N,B,O,314,20,LQ,K,12,1711,16,1910,A,182,22,DTotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed3828222633232520192125525.5
2Paraclete XP42821192327201718151720520.5
3Golden Knights2622172228152117161720120.1
4Carolina Turbo XP2619192224181917161719719.7
Carolina Turbo XP has the most consistent progression of all US teams who are currently competing in the Open Class competition. It is a fairy tale story that the Sun Path Products NSL News has covered step by step, from the first USPA gold medals in the Intermediate Class of 2009 to the full time skydiving team in 2013.

It seemed to be just a matter of time when Turbo would get to the top of the leaderboard, and year by year the team is getting closer. Four of the five teams who were still ahead of Turbo last year, including SDC Rhythm XP, were still scoring higher this year. However, Turbo has now left behind all unofficial "amateur" teams.

DNR had the bronze medal battle with the Golden Knights at the USPA Nationals 2012. This time, Turbo challenged the US Army 4way team to the last round. Neither DNR's 2013 lineup nor Arizona Prime were able to get in front of Carolina Turbo XP this year.

USPA Nationals 2012Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class3,B,K,HF,7,22O,4,D,13A,M,11,8N,P,G,19L,20,15,16,J6,21,1218,17,10E,C,Q,15TotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed3028242334222819203726526.5
2SDC Rhythm XP3024232425212517193023823.8
3Golden Knights2322202224172116172620820.8
5Paraclete XP42219172023171915152319019.0
6Carolina Turbo XP2218161921152015141917917.9
USPA Intermediate Class gold medals in 2009
The most important fact comes with scoring numbers. Carolina Turbo XP went from 17.9 in 2012 to 19.7 this year. No other team could keep up with this progression. Paraclete XP4 came close with a stronger lineup compared to 2013, while Turbo's lineup has not changed.

The magic 20-average level is not really a topic for Turbo. The team is looking at a much higher scoring level next year. Only the total of seven point deductions at Skydive Chicago kept Turbo from also leaving the 20-average benchmark behind.

The Turbo family is highly motivated for the 2014 season, and the Carolina Skydiving League teams and competitors will benefit from the momentum. The Turbo members plan to copy what SDC Rhythm XP has achieved with the Midwest Skydiving League. Both teams represent a new generation of 4way competitors in the USA, and they are both now preparing the next generation after themselves for the future.

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