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The Golden Knights are the team with the same lineup in the last four years, while the French national team started with two new members in 2013. This should bring the same advantage to the US national team as it does for NMP-PCH Hayabusa in the 4-way Open Class.
However, the French Girls have won 18 of the 30 rounds that they have shared with the Golden Knights this year (Paraclete XP Inddor - Paraclete XP Outdoor - World Challenge). The Golden Knights have won four rounds, and both teams tied the remaining eight rounds.
|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||French Girls (FR)||22||20||35||26||23||24||26||28||28||20||252||25.2|
|2||Golden Knights (US)||18||20||30||27||22||24||27||28||25||20||241||24.1|
How is it possible that the current results of the polls are still showing both teams neck to neck in the race for the gold medals?
Just like the latest results in the 4-way Open Class polls, the vote of the online audience still makes a lot of sense. The competition in 4-way Women might become the closest race of all four Formation Skydiving events in Prostejov.
|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||French Girls (FR)||20||19||23||32||25||20||20||21||18||18||216||21.6|
|2||Golden Knights (US)||18||17||22||24||25||17||18||18||14||15||188||18.8|
The race between the new French Girls and the Golden Knights was so close that the FAI Formation Skydiving Committee changed the tie-breaking rules after the extremely exciting battle in Banja Luka. The audience obviously believes that both teams will repeat their showdown this year.
The next question would bring up the current situation and the results of the 2014 season, which should be more realistic than last year's results. The French Girls dominated at all the meets this year. How could the Golden Knights still be so close?
|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|
|1||Aerodyne French Girls||21||27||16||18||20||17||17||23||24||20||17||220||20.0|
The Golden Knights came to the Paraclete XP Indoor and Outdoor double header literally without any training, while the French Girls started earlier with a training camp in Arizona.
Golden Knights coach Solly Wiliams said that it was not really a surprise for him that the French Girls would win both events.
He still wanted the US Army team to face off with the French team to get the additional competition experience.
|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||French Girls (FR)||23||25||19||32||29||29||22||19||21||28||247||24.7|
|2||Golden Knights (US)||21||21||21||31||28||28||22||20||21||28||241||24.1|
Round 10 at the World Challenge in April was the last time that both teams competed directly with each other. The results of the second half of the meet in Bedford and the memories of the World Cup 2013 in Banja Luka might have caused the vote in 4-way Women. It could be another horse race in Prostejov.
The French Girls added two more competition rounds at the Coupe de France meet in July. Other than that, both teams have been in training for the world meet. The Sun Path Products NSL News will be ready to report the next 4-way Women battle from Prostejov...