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The 8-round competition featured three Canadian national 4-way teams. Evolution competed for Canada at the FAI Mondial 2016 in 4-way Open, Parachute Montreal Fuzion in 4-way Women, while the Air Devils are the reigning 4-way Junior FAI Indoor World Cup champions of 2016.
Evolution did not have the complete lineup available, and Nick Grillet replaced Benoit Lemay in February. Fuzion competed with the same lineup of 2016, who would also complete the first ten outdoor rounds a month later at the Shamrock Showdown 2017.
The well indoor trained Fuzion left the untrained Evolution lineup far behind in Montreal. Evolution's substitute Nick Grillet then turned the table at the Shamrock Showdown where he competed with Eliana Rodriguez, Craig Girard and Shannon Pilcher and finished well ahead of Fuzion in 3rd place.
Canadian Indoor Qualifiers 2017
|1||Parachute Montreal Fuzion||21||19||33||23||23||22||21||19||181||22.6|
The Canadian 4-way juniors had left the best French team four points behind at Flyspot in Poland last October to win the FAI gold medals in this event, but things have changed in the meantime.
Two of the three Akdemie teams at Weembi scored significantly higher compared to their numbers in October, and they seem to be ahead of the Air Devils at this point in time. The HF Junior Cubs were also dangerously close to the 20-average benchmark after the 10-round meet at the World Challenge 2017. It seems like the Air Devils will be facing tough competition on their home turf later this year.
Air Devils and the Czech 4-way Junior teams use the Indoor Cloud League events to get competition practice while they are in training, and the French Akdemie teams have their experienced world champion coaches (Amelie Tirman, Marin Ferre) to get them ready for the FAI indoor event in Canada. NMP PCH HayaBusa member David Grauwels is helping the Czech teams with coaching.
French Indoor Nationals 2017
|1||Aerokart Ak'demie 2||26||24||24||30||20||12||25||22||20||22||225||22.5|
|2||Aerokart Ak'demie 1||26||24||25||25||22||15||22||23||20||21||223||22.3|
|5||Aerokart Ak'demie 3||20||17||18||23||17||12||18||14||14||15||168||16.8|
|9||Los Pollos Locos||14||15||14||16||13||11||13||14||9||13||132||13.2|
|10||Lemniscate ASPU Maubeuge||17||13||13||18||11||10||8||12||11||12||125||12.5|
|12||Toobiz'air Lens Dunkerque||11||12||13||18||8||8||11||12||10||10||113||11.3|
|13||Canop en Boite||12||11||13||14||9||5||10||11||8||8||101||10.1|
|18||Weembi by Fretoy||8||7||7||7||5||4||6||5||6||3||58||5.8|
|19||Team 47 LCA||8||5||9||8||7||2||4||5||5||3||56||5.6|
The 2-point battle ended with an upset when the B-Team eventually took the 1st place.
Both teams finished so close to each other that it will be difficult for coaches Amelie Tirman and Marin Ferre to decide who deserves the tickets to Canada. Only one team may represent each country at a FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving.
The Air Devils know by now that the stakes will be higher this October, a year after their victory in Poland. They still have enough time to pick up the pace and be ready for the challengers from Europe...