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France (Aerodyne French Girls) and USA (Golden Knights) will most likely be the two top contenders for gold in the female 4way category, and this race has been going on for the same time period as in the Open Class. However, the situation between the two teams is very different.
The Golden Knights came back for the 2013 season with the same lineup, just as NMP-PCH Hayabusa did in the Open Class. France had a new female lineup this year, just as Arizona Airspeed had to re-build the team with two new members. The situation for France still seems to be the better one in 4way Women by the end of the 2013 season.
|4th DIPC 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Aerodyne French Girls (FR)||17||20||24||22||26||19||18||19||18||26||209||20.9|
|1||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||19||19||26||22||25||17||17||21||18||25||209||20.9|
|3||Dubai Asaar Ladies (AE)||13||14||18||17||17||10||12||14||12||17||144||14.4|
The Golden Knights finished in 2nd place last year with a 20.1 average, which turned out to be exactly the same meet average at the USPA Nationals 2013. The US Army did not send the Golden Knights to compete at the 4th Dubai International Parachuting Championship 2013 and face off again with the new French national team.
Both teams had competed with and against each other in the 11-round thriller at the World Cup 2013, where France came out as the winner after a tie-breaking procedure, with 20.0 averages for both teams.
|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|
|1||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||33||24||18||26||29||21||21||18||18||19||227||22.7|
|2||Golden Knights (US)||26||22||17||22||28||15||21||17||16||17||201||20.1|
|3||Dubai Asaar Ladies (AE)||20||13||14||14||19||12||15||15||10||13||145||14.5|
The same formula would give the Golden Knights a 19.3 average after the team's 20.1 average at the USPA Nationals. The Aerodyne French Girls finished with a 20.9 average at the 4th DIPC, which would obviously not be the same encouraging news for the US national team in 4way Women as it was for Arizona Airspeed in the Open Class. There seems to be a lot of work ahead for the Golden Knights.
The French team has moved forward since the World Cup 2013 in Banja Luka, which is a significant move, even disregarding the results of the Golden Knights at the USPA Nationals. The meet averages of NMP-PCH Hayabusa and Barkli at the World Cup also indicate the same strong French development in the female 4way category.
|Aerodyne French Girls||Golden Knights|
All numbers, the real ones on the leaderboards and the estimated ones after comparing the results and using the special formula, are telling the same story in 4way Women: France has a very strong new lineup, and the Golden Knights have to work hard to catch up.
The US Army team has done exactly that after the Mondial 2012 and was on the same level until the World Cup 2013. France has obviously made the next move now, and the Golden Knights will have a new opportunity to fight back at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014.