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The drought of the outdoor coverage will soon be over, as the annual Valentine's Meet is once again the beginning of the 2014 competition season. Then the first major event, the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014, will bring together the best teams in the world at the beginning of March.
The registered teams for the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014 once again promise a small version of the World Championship of Formation Skydiving, and this year's field is even better than ever.
|4way AAA/Open: Arizona Airspeed (US), NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE), Maubeuge Aerodyne (FR), Evolution (CA), SDC Rhythm XP (US), Sunny Wind (RU), VAF Warriors (DK), Voodoo (ZA), Carolina Turbo XP (US), China (CN), Dubai Asaar (AE), Tigers (FI), Vision 99 (UK), Hexagon (SE), Nova (SE), Teiwaz (US), Bonobos (INT)|
|4way AAA/Women: Aerodyne French Girls (FR), Golden Knights (US), Fire (SE)|
|8way Open: Golden Knights (US), Aerodyne Maubeuge (FR)|
|4way VFS: Team4speed, Evolution (CA)|
It's not only the best of the best in the 4way Open Class competition. The two best female teams in the world, Aerodyne French Girls and Golden Knights, will also have their first outdoor showdown this year. The same teams in 4way Open and 4way Women will also compete at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2014 on the previous weekend.
It gets even better - if this is possible. The Golden Knights and Maubeuge Aerodyne, gold and silver medal winners in 8way at the Mondial Dubai 2012 have agreed to compete in DeLand, as well. It's the first outdoor competition for the new French national lineup.
|Shamrock Showdown 2008||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Airspeed Odyssey (US)||21||22||32||30||25||42||22||17||22||19||252||25.2|
|Shamrock Showdown 2009||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Airspeed Odyssey (US)||21||23||30||21||21||29||18||23||21||22||229||22.9|
|2||Aerodyne Maubeuge (FR)||21||24||27||21||19||28||16||23||21||26||226||22.6|
Evolution will have the first test of the double duties. The three Lemay brothers Martin, Vincent and Benoit are competing in both 4way Open and 4way VFS. Jean-Christophe Ouimet is the fourth VFS member. It will be a tough test, as both events run parallel at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014.
The competition in DeLand is promising a great preview in all four Formation Skydiving categories of what will possibly happen later this year in Prostejov.
|Shamrock Showdown 2010||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)||21||32||21||19||26||21||22||26||29||27||244||24.4|
|2||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||20||33||17||22||23||19||19||22||26||22||223||22.3|
The event generated the future world champions every single time in the recent history of Formation Skydiving competition. The three medal winners in the 4way Open Class of 2012 in Dubai competed in DeLand in 2011 and 2012. Arizona Airspeed won both years, while NMP-PCH Hayabusa and Aerodyne Aerokart switched their positions between the Shamrock Showdown 2011 and the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012. The results at the Mondial 2012 were exactly identical with the ones in March 2012 in DeLand.
|Shamrock Showdown 2011||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||25||25||25||24||20||25||30||22||24||29||249||24.9|
|2||Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)||23||24||23||24||19||23||29||23||24||24||236||23.6|
|3||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||21||23||22||23||19||21||28||20||22||29||228||22.8|
|Paraclete XP Outdoor 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||25||20||18||35||36||25||33||31||23||20||266||26.6|
|2||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||23||21||20||33||34||29||30||30||20||21||261||26.1|
|3||Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)||23||21||19||33||29||28||28||29||23||21||254||25.4|
The same two teams came back a year later and finished with the same outcome, just a little bit closer to each other.
Airspeed Odyssey skipped the Shamrock Showdown 2010, and NMP-PCH Hayabusa visited instead and for the first time. Aerodyne Aerokart won clearly in DeLand and became the new 4way world champions in Menzelinsk 2010 half a year later.
|Paraclete XP Outdoor 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||21||23||19||28||33||20||22||19||25||19||229||22.9|
Last year, NMP-PCH Hayabusa and Maubeuge Aerodyne both took a break, and Arizona Airspeed, again with a new lineup, edged out Barkli and won the event for the 6th time since 2007. In fact, Arizona Airspeed has never lost the Shamrock Showdown/Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship yet. The only time another team won the event was when Airspeed did not attend in 2010.
This recent history of the event makes it even more exciting. NMP-PCH Hayabusa is the top favorite this year. Winning the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014 would almost guarantee the gold medals in Prostejov. Another Airspeed victory could change the whole picture...