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In fact, both events connect directly with each other in many ways, even though one connection is missing. The German national 4-way team Paratec-Saar is not competing at the national championships, due to lack of additional vacation time for some of the team members.
Paratec-Saar had a very impressive performance at the world meet, as the Sun Path Products NSL News reported on 28 August 2014 and on 29 August 2014. The German team was clearly on its way to the finals and Round 10. Then disaster struck in Round 9, completely surprising.
|World Meet 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)||32||29||25||25||33||25||22||18||26||29||264||26.4|
|2||Arizona Airspeed (US)||31||27||25||24||31||23||22||17||24||29||253||25.3|
|6||Dubai Asaar Black (AE)||18||20||17||17||20||14||15||13||17||20||171||17.1|
|7||Vision 99 (UK)||18||20||16||16||19||15||15||13||16||-||148||16.4|
|9||Rotor Out (AU)||17||19||17||17||21||14||13||12||15||-||145||16.1|
|10||Ex3mo 4 (IT)||18||17||16||15||17||15||14||11||14||-||137||15.2|
Paratec-Saar would face stiff competition at the national championships, as Team Airbus, formerly EADS, is probably the stronger team at the moment. However, this year's competition is the not the qualifyer for the World Meet 2016, and Paratec-Saar has a 3-year plan with the new lineup. The Sun Path Products NSL News will switch to the German Nationals next.
Germany did not win any medals in the Formation Skydiving categories in Prostejov, and Paratec-Saar was held back from the best placement for Germany in many years. However, other German competitors won some world meet medals.
Moritz Friess ended up with the silver medal, and Stephanie Hipp from Germany took the 3rd place. Her 461.40 km/h speed was a new world record for Speed Skydiving Women at the same time.
The Sun Path Products NSL News invited Moritz Friess for an NSL Talk to explain the competition category to the audience. He used to film German 4-way teams years ago, including the first German team in 4-way Women, Parat Remscheid. The German Nationals 2014 don't include a Speed Skydiving competition...