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A third place on U.S. soil is even more unusual, and it was back in 2006 when two U.S. teams finished in front of Airspeed. It never happened again - until last weekend. Paraclete XP was the second team that placed in front of the reigning U.S. 4-way champions, by one single point.
Paraclete's 4-way teams have always been on the very top level on their home turf at the annual championship. Airspeed's original member Kirk Verner, multiple 4-way and 8-way world champion, and Paraclete owner John D'Annunzion have invited the best of the best into their lineups year by year.
Paraclete XP Indoor 2017
|1||SDC Rhythm XP||28||25||25||30||27||27||26||26||23||23||260||26.0|
|6||The Four Horsemen||18||21||20||23||19||22||18||17||14||16||188||18.8|
|7||SDMW Next XP||22||19||19||20||16||21||17||18||18||17||187||18.7|
|12||3 Men and a Babe Jeana||16||21||16||21||15||17||16||17||15||16||170||17.0|
|17||Flyin' for Bryan||15||14||13||8||11||11||13||13||10||13||121||12.1|
|18||Hotdogs and Kraut||12||10||11||10||9||11||12||12||6||11||104||10.4|
This year's lineup was new and completed approximately 1.5 hours of tunnel training time before the competition and then finished with a 25.8 average in 2nd place.
All four XP4 members were also busy with other chores while they competed against the two best U.S. 4-way teams. The above leaderboard is showing the other teams that they were serving as player coaches at the same time. Brian Krause and John D'Annunzio were both in the 3 Men and a Babe Jeana lineup. Thomas Hughes was player coaching CSC Swift, and Kirk Verner won the internal player coaching 4-way competition with the Four Horsemen.
That was still not enough for Kirk Verner and Brian Krause. They were also judging the 4-way competition when they were not in the flying chamber. They got help from some Golden Knights when needed, and Tim D'Annunzio was helping with the 8-way judging. John D'Annunzio was running the meet logistics during the breaks. Once in a while they were even dirtdiving with XP4...