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Becky Brocato, Erin Murphy and Brianne Thompson, with Niklas Daniel on camera, surprised the French team with a very strong performance after a short training season and seriously challenged the Bodyflight Storm lineup of 2008. Alternate Christy Frikken had pushed the team to a new performance and scoring level and almost won the gold medals after only a few months with the US team.
How is the international situation in the female 4-way category after the beginning of the 2009 season?
Spaceland Blue's new lineup will probably not need too much time to eventually break the 20-average benchmark. Bodyflight Storm is the only female lineup that has posted a 20.0 average, exactly, at the World Meet 2008 in France. It was a 6-round meet though and leaves the question open what it would have been after ten rounds.
In fact, the original Fastrax Blue lineup (Becky Broccato, Kelley Fredrickson, Erin Murphy, Brianne Thompson) already posted a 20.0 average, as well, and it was also after a 6-round competition, the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2008. The 31-pointer in a fast all-random sequence contributed to this high average.
The only medal winner in the female category at the World Meet 2008 with exactly the same lineup this year is Aerokart Deep Blue, the French national team for 2009 and 2010. Sophie Deremaux, Bérangère Duplouy, Françoise Simons-Hamouchi and Amélie Tirman, with Christophe Chekroun on camera, have been jumping together since June 2007 and were selected as the French national team after a short 2008 season in France and a few weeks before the World Meet.
Deep Blue already attended three competitions this year, the Aerokart Indoor Championship, the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2009 and the World Challenge 2009. The French team looks already stronger compared to the World Meet 2008 and is very confident. The great chemistry and the shared experiences of the same lineup may give Aerokart Deep Blue an important advantage at the moment.
In fact, the Chicas have already started training with the new lineup, and the new team member could have a similar impact on the team performance as Christy Frikken had with Fastrax Blue last year. Chicas' talented Point, Susa Serra, takes a year off and travels around the world, and Nina Kuebler takes her slot this year.
Her highest credits came probably from her time with the Swiss national 4-way team Endeavour. She competed with Endeavour at the World Meet 2003 in France and placed 6th with an impressive 18.7 average. Her Swiss team outscored the DeLand Norgies, bronze medal winners in 2003, in two rounds.
Nina Kuebler has been actively involved in 4-way competition ever since, even though she has not been on a high-profile team in the meantime. Her energy and passion is still the same though, and this energy could be beneficial for the Chicas.
The three returning members for the 2009 season, Petra Bärenfänger, Sylvia Maier and Marion Thomas, are experienced and well skilled 4-way competitors. Rumors from Germany mention that Nina Kuebler has already added her energetic style successfully to the Chicas performance. The German team may get closer this year to the world's top teams' performance level than ever before.