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There are still always new aspects and thoughts that present any event from a different perspective. The TURNING POINTS column that the Sun Path Products NSL News contributes for BLUE SKIES MAG on a monthly basis offers the opportunity of additional thoughts.
This time, Arizona Airspeed's situation after the Paraclete week is the main topic, and the article explains the pressure that the reigning world champions are facing this year. The winner of the March event in DeLand has to work very hard to become the winner of the World Meet 2014, as well...
It was so easy and predictable in the past, but it seems to be so much more complicated this year, for one simple reason: Roy Janssen got sick, and NMP-PCH Hayabusa could not compete in DeLand. He did not even watch the competition live Saturday and Sunday, as he was seriously down, while his teammates observed the meet action.
They were all quite relaxed — for good reason. The reigning world champions from Arizona did not seem any more threatening at an outdoor competition than they were at the indoor part of the Paraclete XP Championship week the previous weekend, when the Belgians outscored Airspeed by 22 points in Raeford.
|Paraclete XP Indoor 2014||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||43||33||30||28||33||35||30||25||309||30.9|
|2||Arizona Airspeed (US)||24||19||45||31||24||27||26||35||34||22||287||28.7|
Why is that?
The answer is quite logical. NMP-PCH Hayabusa posted a 27.8 average at the Mondial Dubai 2012, the previous World Championship of Formation Skydiving. The Belgian team has added training and competition with the same lineup for another year and a few months. Even without any progression, Hayabusa will most likely be able to deliver the same scoring level quite easily and solidly. The Belgian indoor performance indicates that the team has not slowed down. In fact, the 30.9 average is the new world record for a 10-round meet in a 16-foot chamber.
|Paraclete XP Outdoor 2014||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)||20||20||28||46||33||24||23||20||19||21||254||25.4|
Airspeed lost 18 points in the judging room, and a 27.2 average in DeLand would look a lot better and much more promising. Those 18 points make the difference, and they mean much more than the pure numbers indicate.
The new Airsped lineup had to make their way up to the blistering Hayabusa pace of 2012, 2013 and 2014. There is simply no chance to beat the Belgian team without going the same pace. Hayabusa is used to this speed by now and has cleanly settled there. Even the judges have no problem any longer to see the clean Belgian performance of formations and inters.
|Mondial Dubai 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Rank||4way Open||5,12,E||6,D,B,K||O, 8,7||N,13,18||10,21,M||19,H,11||C,G,1,A||20,9,15||16,F,P,Q||2,J,4||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||27||34||27(-1)||22||23||23(-2)||32||25||40||26||279(282)||27.9|
|2||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||25(-1)||34(-2)||27(-1)||21(-1)||23||24(-1)||32(-1)||27||40||25(-1)||278(286)||27.8|
It's a very challenging situation for a team. The easiest way to clean up a performance is by slowing down a little bit. Most of the times, this happens naturally and subconsciously—even if the training mission is set to maintain the top speed while cleaning up. Airspeed cannot afford slowing down to clean up. The new lineup has to get used to the winning speed. Slowing down would bring even the underdogs from France and Canada dangerously close.
|World Challenge 2014||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||29||28||36||32||36||25||21||24||33||291||29.1|
|4||Gavroches Maubeuge (FR)||23||25||24||33||31||31||20||18||21||28||254||25.4|
But then there is the Airspeed history. Every lineup has risen to the occasion. It was the challenge that has brought out the best of Airspeed, and Mark Kirkby has experienced similar situations several times. I would not feel safe yet if I were in the Hayabusa shoes. Plus, last not least, and by the books: Airspeed won the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship...