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The U.S. national team had started into the world meet year with a new lineup, when Mikhail Markine replaced Chris Farina, as the Sun Path Products NSL News reported on January 18th, with a follow-up story on January 20th.
It was a very promising start with the 24.2 average at the Shamrock Showdown 2016 after a challenging 10-round competition with a difficult draw. It seemed like the new lineup was on the right track.
Bad news followed on April 8th though, when tail Thiago Gomes broke the Phalanx bone of his right hand during a training jump. Airspeed continued the training with a few substitutes. However, the interruption did not help much in the pursuit of the reigning 4-way world champions from Belgium, NMP PCH HayaBusa.
Shamrock Showdown 2016
World Air Games 2015
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The bad Airspeed luck still continued with the most recent news that point Mikhail Markine broke his hand a few days ago during a training jump in Eloy, and the timing could not be any worse. The Mondial 2016 is only a month away, and it will be impossible for Mikhail Markine to recover quickly enough.
In fact, Airspeed's point will need surgery after the hand injury, and his team will have to find a replacement for the upcoming competition with NMP PCH HayaBusa.
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The training jump on Sunday included Block 7 (Sidebuddies - Sidebuddies), which is engineered in a way (cogging) that avoids collisions or at least reduces the damage if there is any contact during the individual 360' turns. However, the cogging technique still has two flyers each turning the same direction, and collisions between them are unlikely but possible. Airspeed used the Side Body (P) setup for the sub-terminal Block 7, and there was apparently a collision between Mikhail Markine's left hand and inside center Niklas Hemlin.
Mikhail Markine said that he was in pain but could land safely. Unfortunately, even more pain came with the realization that he was out of the Mondial 2016 game. Arizona Airspeed is now trying to find the best way how to deal with the situation...
Mondial Dubai 2012
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