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The Fallschirmsportzentrum Saar in Germany is hosting the event, as it did in 2011 for the first time. It was a very successful and exciting meet, even though the last round in 8-way fell victim to a storm that approached quickly and unexpectedly.
It brought the 8-way competition thriller to an earlier end, and the Golden Knights did not have to defend the thin 1-point lead any longer that they had just created in Round 9. France was the defending 8-way world champion of Menzelinsk 2010, and the Golden Knights made the first step in Saarlouis to launch the new U.S. era of 8-way dominance.
The Deep Blue Defenders won the 4-way Women competition with a new lineup after the gold medals in Menzelinsk 2010 and with only one returning Deep Blue world champion, Amelie Tirman. It was also the start of the Golden Knights career in 4-way Women, which ended with the gold medals at the FAI Mondial 2016.
FAI World Cup 2011
HayaBusa still finished behind the new French 4-way lineup with Manu Sarrazin in Saarlouis. However, the Belgians turned the table a year later in Dubai and won the FAI silver medals, one single point behind Arizona Airspeed.
The German host had a strong showing with home team Paratec-Saar and won the bronze medals after a 1-point battle with Barkli from Russia.
Two Paratec-Saar members of 2011 (Markus Bastuck, Jorn Thiele) have a comeback on home turf this year with two Airbus members (Thomas Mack, Goran Meyer). The new Airbus lineup will most likely win the German Nationals 2017 a few weeks after the world cup. However, it will be very difficult this year to win a set of medals, as NMP PCH HayaBusa, RealFly-Sion, SDC Rhythm XP and Black Cat will compete in Saarlouis.
FAI World Cup 2011
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The 2011 event was still applying the old rules with cuts for the semifinals and finals after Round 8 and Round 9. Ten teams qualified for Round 9 after the first cut, and only six teams completed all ten rounds.
The cuts were dropped by FAI/IPC after the FAI World Cup 2015 in Teuge, and all teams completed all ten rounds at the FAI Mondial 2016 for the first time. The same rules are still in place, and all teams traveling to Germany this summer will complete ten rounds, as well.
Airbus member Markus Bastuck will have his hands full, while he is competing in 4-way Open. He is also the official Chief Operator of the skydiving center during the event. His father Helmut Bastuck, Head of the Organizing Committee and Managing Director of the German Skydiving Federation (DFV), will carry most of the administrative burden though. IPC President Dr. Rainer "EXI" Hoenle is the official Meet Director in his homeland. The first competition round is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8th, at 9:00 AM. May 25th is the deadline for registration.