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The power of the World Challenge 2014 does not make it much easier for outdoor competition to get back to the center of attention either, and newer indoor events, such as the Canadian Indoor Championship 2014, are also moving into the event picture.
It happened almost unnoticed that another indoor competition brings the first top event to the Sun Path Products NSL News attention very soon: The Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2014.
|World Challenge 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)||23||26||36||53||29||27||24||24||21||25||288||28.8|
|3||HayaBusa Defence (BE)||22||25||32||56||25||25||21||25||21||23||275||27.5|
|5||Aerodyne Maubeuge (FR)||22||26||34||44||26||25||22||24||22||23||268||26.8|
It's the first time that Paraclete XP and National Skydiving League present the Indoor and Outdoor double header as a 10-day package to make it easier for teams from abroad to participate. The success of the move is tangible, as the field of teams for the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships will include several teams from across the Atlantic for the first time in history.
It will also be the first time that the three top contenders for gold medals at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving this year (USA - Belgium - France) face each other, first at the indoor meet in Raeford, then at the outdoor meet in DeLand. The same counts for 8way, where Golden Knights and France have never competed directly with and against each other at an indoor meet.
|World Challenge 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)||22||63||23||26||31||28||29||28||32||23||305||30.5|
|3||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||22||57||23||25||36||28||28||26||34||22||301||30.1|
|5||Arizona Airspeed (US)||23||55||23||25||30||29||26||27||36||22||296||29.6|
The outcome of this year's indoor showdown of the three best teams in the world seems to be completely open though - as it has been in the past. There has not been one single World Challenge yet where the same three 4way teams ended up in the same positions.
The first three events generated three different winners (Airspeed in 2009 - France in 2010 - Hayabusa in 2011). NMP-PCH Hayabusa then won this 3-team showdown two consecutive times in 2011 and 2012, however, Airspeed and France finished in switched positions in 2012.
|World Challenge 2011||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||27||25||65||29||33||23||28||28||22||25||305||30.5|
|2||Arizona Airspeed (US)||26||24||60||27||34||24||27||28||23||25||298||29.8|
|3||Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)||26||25||52||27||31||25||29||27||24||24||290||29.0|
It will be the last opportunity for NMP-PCH Hayabusa in 2014 to show the Belgian indoor dominance one more time, as Arizona Airspeed is not planning to travel to Bedford this year. The reigning 4way world champions had skipped last year's event, as well, after not missing any of the World Challenges since the event was launched in 2006.
The new French national team, Volt'R, has signed up for all three meets, the Paraclete XP double header and the World Challenge, together with NMP-PCH Hayabusa.
|World Challenge 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||34||33||25||36||28||35||30||25||28||30||304||30.4|
|2||Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)||31||31||25||37||28||33||26||23||27||30||291||29.1|
|3||Arizona Airspeed (US)||34||29||24||34||28||34||29||22||26||30||290||29.0|
The first big showdown of the year is happening in Raeford and will be covered live from the Paraclete XP competition site with the 16-foot flying chamber. This indoor showdown will also include the first 8way confrontation between Golden Knights and the new French national 8way team.
The three top contenders and several other US teams and international visitors will then travel to DeLand for a couple of training days from jump planes and the first major outdoor competition of the world meet year.