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JaNette Lefkowitz was not the only top competitor who scored at an FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving the first time. In fact, there were even a few other rookies who won medals at their first world meet, and one of them finished on the very top with a gold medal in 4-way Open.
NMP PCH HayaBusa member Jeroen "Bob" Nollet was the alternate for the Belgian 4-way world champions for several years, who included him in training and had him in the lineup at some meets, as well. However, he had never competed at the prime event of the sport, and Round 1 at the FAI Mondial 2016 was a big deal for him.
The biggest challenger, Arizona Airspeed, had a lineup with seasoned 4-way competitors and three 4-way world champions of 2012 (Thomas Hughes, Niklas Hemlin, Josh Hall). Thiago Gomes had earlier world meet experiences with the national teams of Brazil and South Africa before winning a silver medal in Prostejov 2014.
The HayaBusa rookie was well prepared after competing at several international high-level meets with his three world champion team mates and videographer Danny Jacobs in the two years since 2014. However, he still had to deliver at the right time, which was Round 1 at the Mondial 2016.
FAI Mondial 2016
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Charles Rommel and Kevin Mansion were members of the French 8-way bronze medal team in Prostejov 2014, where only Damien Gouriou competed in 4-way Open and ended up without a medal. The FAI Mondial 2016 was the first world meet in 4-way Open for Laurence Herve, Charles Rommel and Kevin Mansion, and they finished with bronze medals.
The Qatar Tigers missed the world meet in Prostejov 2014. However, three members had competed at the FAI Mondial Dubai 2012. Inside Center Yousuf Abdulla Al Janahi was not with the Tigers in Dubai 2012, and Round 1 at the FAI Mondial 2016 was his debut at a World Championship of Formation Skydiving. The Sun Path Products NSL News will introduce several more world meet rookies soon.