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It's not only the Dutch team that will most likely represent the Netherlands in both events. It seems like Germany has a very similar situation, probably just on a higher scoring level. Airbus Munchen won the German Nationals 2014 without any serious competition, as the Sun Path Products NSL News reported on 19 November 2014, and the complete lineup (Olaf Biedermann, Goran Meyer, Thomas Mack, Christian Schafer) also walked away with the German 8-way title.
Airbus alternate Thomas Spielvogel, former Paratec-Saar member Dieter Schwarz, 4-way coach Solly Williams, Uli Sehrbrock and Dieter Kirsch completed the 8-way lineup, and Alexander "Dude" Hau was filming the tream at the national championships. The German rules allow one foreign competitor to be a part of the team and win medals.
|Sep 2nd, 2014||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Total||Avg|
|German Nationals 2014||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Total||Avg|
|1||Airbus Munchen (DE)||16||14||14||14||12||70||14.0|
|3||Wolf Pack NeVa (DE)||7||7||5||5||6||30||6.0|
The 2014 championships were not the qualification event for the World Meet 2016. The winners of next year's national championships will compete at Skydive Chicago in two years. However, Airbus members mentioned that they were planning to recruit a strong 8-way lineup for next year, as well.
Airbus will continue to focus on the 4-way event while maintaining the dominating position in German 8-way competition. Airbus/EADS has won the 8-way title every year since 2004, most of the times together with the 4-way rival, Paratec-Saar. The Airbus 4-way team is one of the best unofficial amateur teams in the world, and the 8-way lineup will be very competitive, as well.
|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|
|Rank||8-way Open Class||E,3,C,5||F,G,D,21||19,H,2||M,4,1||O,14,A,P||8,J,16||7,11,12||22,20,15||17,G,18||13,B,9||Total||Avg|
|1||Golden Knights (US)||24||22||15||26||22||21||19||26||21||20||216||21.6|
It was a missed opportunity, as the Airbus scoring level was high enough to place 4th at the world meet. Germany's 8-way team had finished in 4th place at the Mondial Dubai 2012 and would probably have been able to defend this place successfully in Prostejov.
The medal positions were too far away at both events, however, there are bronze medal opportunities here and there, as eX3MO's 8-way lineup showed it in 2008. Germany would be one of the 8-way candidates if the next opportunity came up in 2016 - and if the Airbus focus were on the other event...