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Did You Know...

... that 1814 celebrated independence from Denmark in a special way?

New 14.9 record average for the VAF Warriors
posted May 19th, 2014 - Last weekend's leaderboard has grown significantly with the new scores from the annual DFU Cup in Denmark. The Danish teams completed ten rounds and took the 1st places in the two categories (AAA - A) where they posted scores last weekend.

The two Danish national teams, A-Team VAF Warriors and B-Team Aerodyne Steam, finished with significantly increased meet averages, compared to their performances at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014. In fact, the 14.9 average was a new record average for the VAF Warriors, while Aerodyne Steam went from 9.9 in March in DeLand to 12.0 last weekend.

Air Rush, who had attended the World Challenge 2014 earlier this year, won the A Class competition easily with the same lineup as in Bedford.

Paraclete XP Outdoor 2014Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class18,2,OD,19,22G,C,P,109,A,L,HK,16,B,Q7,4,2111,15,FM,3,E,86,1,1720,12,JTotalAvg
12VAF Warriors (DK)1113141317131215111313213.2
14Aerodyne Steam (DK)118814131188108999.9
Arcteryx in 2008: Mathias Nord (2nd from right) - Derek Broughton (right)
It was the first time in the history of the DFU Cup that a visiting team won the open competition, and a closer look at the 1814 lineup shows that it was not a big surprise. Trude Sviggum was the center inside for Polaris who won bronze medals at the Mondial 2012 with a 17.8 average in 4way Women.

Mathias Nord had the same slot for Norway's national team Arcteryx who posted a 22.5 average at the World Meet 2008 in Maubeuge, France. Derek Broughton was his Arcteryx team mate in the point slot.

Kjetil Nordin had competed for Norway, as well. He was on the X3M4S lineup who finished with a 15.8 average at the World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk, Russia. Last weekend's 17.7 average was a new personal best for him. He had recently guided Airplay from Denmark into the AAA Class competition world.

DFU Cup 2014Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class15,14,GJ,21,171,7,133,E,1012,16,A19,N,45,C,2218,11,B20,D,F,KQ,H,P,6TotalAvg
11814 (INT)1518161717151316232717717.7
2VAF Warriors (DK)1217121514141312192114914.9
3Aerodyne Steam (DK)121312131112711141512012.0
RankA ClassG,O,4J,217,6E,B,8A,K,L19,NC,2M,9D,F,GQ,H,PTotalAvg
1AirRush (DK)87871048121117929.2
2Wellvita Phoenix (DK)6165553947515.1
3Four DK (DK)5656045865505.0
4Tims Prinsesser (DK)1223342536313.1
5SOS (DK)002001000030.3
Kjetil Nordin (2nd from left) with X3M4S in 2010
It was an interesting time for a team from Norway to compete at the Danish Open 2014. The Norwegians celebrate their own independence day on May 17th, the second meet day of the DFU Open. This year, it was the 200th anniversary of independence from Denmark, and the four Norwegian top competitors decided to celebrate it in their own way.

The Norwegians needed help from Danish videographer Bjarke Gjadesen, and Mathias Nord is actually from Sweden. They all joined forces and helped Kjetil Nordin to win his first gold medal at the same event, after he had won silver medals two times with Airplay. The special Norwegian celebration of independence at the DFU Cup turned out to be very successful.

1814 completed nine training jumps before the competition and warmed up round by round. It was a nice coincidence that the last two sequences were the fastest ones of the meet. The 17.7 average won the AAA Class competition easily last weekend.

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