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The update on 6 May 2017 was related to Russia's national 8-way team from Tanay and became the first part of the "FS Powerhouse Story". The second part on 20 May 2017 picked up the topic and focused on the 4-way Open Class history.
The situation is different in 4-way Women competition, which was introduced officially at a World Championship of Formation Skydiving in Spain 2001. There is also a third powerful nation in this event, next to France and the USA. Teams from Great Britain have won nearly as many FAI medals as French and US teams have.
FAI World Meet 2001
France did not participate with a 4-way Women team at the first two events in 2001 and 2003. From then on, just like the US teams in 4-way Open, French teams never missed the podium.
The USA did not win any medals only once in Germany 2006. This was also the only World Championship of Formation Skydiving where the US delegation did not win a set of medals in each of these three Formation Skydiving events.
Elsinore Select was actually tied with the Russian Ladybirds in bronze medal position after Round 5 in 2006. Then the weather neither allowed any more competition rounds nor a jump-off. The bronze medals went to Russia after applying the FAI/IPC tie-breaking rules of 2006.
FAI World Meet 2006
In fact, the next gold medals seem to be out of reach for any other country, as the French Weembi Girls are far ahead of all 4-way Women teams at this point in time. NFTO might have the opportunity to move up into the silver medal position for the UK delegation in Australia 2018.
However, a new US team, Phoenix XP, has posted some impressive indoor scores after launching a new team project, and the US delegation could have a medal contender ready next year. Parachute Montreal Fuzion from Canada is also looking for redemption after missing the bronze medals in 2016, and Canada has not won a medal in 4-way Women yet. Finally, Russia's Bubble Trouble could become a serious medal contender, as well.
It has happened only once since 1985 that USA, France and Russia finished in the same order in all three events. DeLand Fire, Arizona Airspeed and Synchronicity won gold for the USA in 2004, France won the three silver medals and Russia triple bronze. Chances are little that this could happen again in Australia 2018, as NMP PCH HayaBusa will probably not leave Gold Coast without a medal...