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The expected ranking order has not changed at all since the poll question was published the first time. However, the five potential contenders (FLY-IN France, Black Cat, Evolution, Qatar Tigers, Satori XL) have moved significantly closer together in the meantime. The French lead has decreased to the current 8 % over Russia, after 2-digit numbers for a long time. Satori XL and Evolution have both moved closer to the higher rankings.
The Qatar Tigers have steadily held their underdog position, and the introduction of the team on May 25th did not have a serious impact on the poll numbers, even though the Tigers were on eye level with the two bronze medal top contenders from France and Russia at the World Challenge 2016.
Evolution have worked with coach Shannon Pilcher for several years and have reduced their cooperation to a significantly lower level after the World Meet Prostejov 2014.
The French and the Qatar teams have never been without coaching. Even the French 4-way world champions of the past always had a team coach, who worked together with the national coach and the French skydiving federation. Marin Ferre is currently coaching the French national team in 4-way Open, while Mathieu Bernier has the position of the national coach and works with the French Girls.
USPA Nationals 2011
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The Qatar Tigers have been working with high-profile coaches since they began with 4-way training and competition. Solly Williams covered the first year in 2011, and former HayaBusa member Luc Verstrepen carefully moved the team up to world class level between 2012 and 2015. Jeremie Rollett had a smooth transition last year and is now at a point with the Tigers where the world meet medals are in reach...