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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 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Rank||4way Open/AAA Class||G,9,C,P||F,5,15||1,E,8||4,M,7||H,N,B,O,3||14,20,L||Q,K,12,17||11,16,19||10,A,18||2,22,D||Total||Avg|
|4||Carolina Turbo XP||26||19||19||22||24||18||19||17||16||17||197||19.7|
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 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|2||SDC Rhythm XP||30||24||23||24||25||21||25||17||19||30||238||23.8|
|6||Carolina Turbo XP||22||18||16||19||21||15||20||15||14||19||179||17.9|
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.