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The Sun Path Products NSL News evaluated the situation between the currently two best US 4way teams, Arizona Airspeed and SDC Rhythm XP, with the story on 25 March 2014. The end of the story was the hint of more information related to those two teams who have been quite secure in their US positions since the end of the 2011 season when Perris Fury retired.
There has been a third US team trying to get closer to the top level and doing this very successfully. Carolina Turbo XP has once again quietly reduced the distance to the US top teams at the first two events of the 2014 competition season.
|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|
|5||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||21||20||36||28||23||23||27||30||29||19||256||25.6|
|6||Aerodyne French Girls (FR)||22||20||35||26||23||24||26||28||28||20||252||25.2|
|7||Carolina Turbo XP (US)||21||19||35||27||22||22||26||31||26||18||247||24.7|
|8||Golden Knights (US)||18||20||30||27||22||24||27||28||25||20||241||24.1|
|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|
|4||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||21||18||24||34||28||20||20||22||16||17||220||22.0|
|5||Aerodyne French Girls (FR)||20||19||23||32||25||20||20||21||18||18||216||21.6|
|6||Carolina Turbo XP (US)||18||15||20||30||27||18||19||20||18||16||201||20.1|
|7||Golden Knights (US)||18||17||22||24||25||17||18||18||14||15||188||18.8|
Turbo's 2014 lineup, with Nick Grillet in the Tail slot, has turned the 20.1 indoor average of 2013 into their best outdoor average within a year. They have also lifted the indoor average to 24.7 in the same time period.
That was too much for the Golden Knights who finished ahead of Carolina Turbo XP at the USPA Nationals 2013 with their own 20.1 average. Turbo outscored the US Army team at both Paraclete XP events and seems to be on the way to win the team's first USPA Open Class medals this year.
|USPA Nationals 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|2||SDC Rhythm XP||33||24||18||26||29||21||21||18||18||19||227||22.7|
|5||Carolina Turbo XP||26||19||19||22||24||18||19||17||16||17||197||19.7|
The current lineup with Joey Freeman, Nick Grillet and Chad Wilcox on Camera has more gold medals in mind, and Carolina Turbo XP is on the right track. The distance to SDC Rhythm XP in 2nd place was a 3-point average (19.7 - 22.7) at the USPA Nationals 2013. It was down to 1.9 (22.0 - 20.1) at the first outdoor competition this year.
Getting closer to SDC Rhythm XP also means that Turbo has reduced the distance to the reigning 4way world champions. Arizona Airspeed and SDC Rhythm XP have maintained their scoring levels, as the same article explained. Teams and competitors in the Carolina Skydiving League region have a very good reason to meet Carolina Turbo XP at this year's meets...