The other two teams are coming back with the same lineups and with the same names (Aerodyne French Girls, Team4speed). Several previews have covered the 4way Open Class competition at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014, and the Sun Path Products NSL News story on 13 January 2014 provided a preview of the 8way competition.
The upcoming VFS 4way competition in DeLand between Team4speed and Evolution received an update on 19 February 2014, while the world class showdown between Golden Knights and Aerodyne French Girls in 4way Women has not been covered yet.
4way AAA/Open: Arizona Airspeed (US), NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE), VoltR (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), Nova (SE), Teiwaz (US), Bonobos (INT) 4way AAA/Women: Aerodyne French Girls (FR), Golden Knights (US), Fire (SE) 8way Open: Golden Knights (US), Venturi (FR) 4way VFS: Team4speed, Evolution (CA)
All three teams in 4way Women are coming back with the same lineups and the same team names. Fire missed the final round at the Mondial Dubai 2012 only by a single point with a 13.6 average.
Fire's 14.4 average at the national championships in 2013 brought the bronze medals. Fire followed up with more bronze medals after a jumpoff round with Russia at the European Championship in Banja Luka.
World Cup 2013 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Rd. 11 Total Avg R AAA Class O,4,H,3 9,17,P L,1,G,12 7,10,21 16,E,A,15 8,2,B 18,5,Q F,14,K,N M,C,D,13 20,J,19 22,11,6 Total Avg 1 Golden Knights 22 25 17 17 19 18 21 20 24 20 17 220 20.0 1 Aerodyne French Girls 21 27 16 18 20 17 17 23 24 20 17 220 20.0
The situation between the two top teams seems to be more challenging for the Golden Knights who have not trained much this year so far. Their new coach Solly Williams spent some time with the US Army team at the end of the 2013 season before planning for 2014. There was some indoor training, and there will be a few jumps to warm up before the competition in DeLand.
The Aerodyne French Girls on the other side have been in training throughout the winter season, including a training camp in Arizona at the end of January.
Wind Games 2014 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Total Avg Rank AAA Class C,20,17 16,A,D,7 7,P,13,L N,21,22 M,18,15 K,3,6 F,4,1 B,G,H,O,10 5,18,9 Q,2,12 Total Avg 1 Aerodyne French Girls (FR) 21 26 27 20 24 21 25 29 24 20 237 23.7
Both teams will face off in Raeford at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2014 before the trip to DeLand follows. A good performance at the indoor competition will bring confidence to the winning team.
On the other hand, the team in 2nd place will be able to follow Niklas Hemlin's wisdom that "you don't win a world championship in the wind tunnel". No matter what, there is a very exciting competition week waiting for the Sun Path Products NSL News audience...