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The story mentioned that the reigning Italian 4-way champion came to Fano with a different lineup after the five rounds in Saarlouis.
Federico Ancelotti had replaced Fabio Lorenzetti and joined his former Energy team mate Stefano Rossi for eX3MO. Energy had won the bronze medals at the Italian Nationals 2016 and not continued.
The team of the newer generation of Italian 4-way teams will now compete at the FAI Indoor World Meet in Canada, while eX3MO collected another Italian 4-way outdoor title and is the old and new national team in 4-way Open.
It is still not clear yet who will compete for Italy at the FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2018 in Australia. The qualification for the event may take place next year, depending on the timing between national championship and world championship.
FAI World Cup 2017
|Rank||4-way Open - Top 10||L,O,F,K,11||C,3,7||13,2,G||1,17,20||(5,E,21)||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP PCH HayaBusa||BE||35||26||21||20||(28)||102||25.5|
|3||SDC Rhythm XP||US||33||24||20||16||(-)||93||23.3|
|7||Espoir Saumur Weembi||FR||25||19||16||18||(16)||78||19.5|
|12||Espoir Maubeuge Weembi||FR||24||17||12||13||(12)||66||16.5|
Original member Massimo Pugi was injured at the Italian Nationals 2002, and the 4-way project came to an early halt. However, Francesco "Tego" Tegoni decided to launch an 8-way project and began to invite the first lineup, including the eX3MO members. The team was called eX3MO 8way and included the original 4-way members Alessandro Betti, Giorgio Verga and Roberto Valli.
Francesco Tegoni also invited Fabrizzio "Fabry" Del Giudice, Fabio Tassan, Luca Stanga and Placido "Paci" Udine. Paolo Colombo and Stefano Visco were filming the team, and French-Italian 4-way and 8-way celebrity Davide Moy was coaching the team.
The first eX3MO 8-way lineup had a good start with the 4th place at the FAI World Meet 2003 in Gap, France, and some of the first eX3MO 8-way members are still in the current 4-way team.
Italian Nationals 2017
Original 8-way member Placido Udine remembers that there was great enthusiasm in Italy: "The Italian championships had numerous good and new 4-way and 8-way teams, and eX3MO also resumed with 4-way in 2005."
Placido Udine, Francesco Tegoni, Fabio Lorenzetti and Luca Stanga were in the new eX3MO 4-way lineup, with Gianluca "Megor" Magri on camera, and won the Italian bronze medals at the team's first national championships.
More personnel changes brought Ivano "Ivan" Quadrio to the eX3MO lineup in 2006, while original 8-way member Fabio Tassan came back. Craig Girard and Dan BC helped the eX3MO lineups with coaching on the road to FAI 8-way medals in 2008, which included silver medals at the FAI World Cup 2005, and bronze at the Malevsky Memorial Cup 2007 in Russia.
The 8-way goal was eventually achieved with the bronze medals at the FAI World Meet 2008 in Maubeuge, France.
FAI World Meet 2008
Placido Udine, Fabio Lorenzetti, Ivano Quadrio and new member Mario "Marietto" Fattoruso started 4-way training, with Fiorini "Max" Massimo on camera. Pete Allum was coaching the team and was available as the alternate.
The new eX3MO 4-way team trained and competed together for three years, with a 20+ average at the FAI Mondial 2012 in Dubai as the main goal. Disaster struck with Placido Udine's car accident two days before the departure to Dubai. Coach Pete Allum had to step in and help eX3MO to the 7th place with a 19.9 average.
Only Placido Udine, Fabio Lorenzetti and videographer Fiorini Massimo were ready to continue and re-build the team in 2013.
Marco Arrigo and Antonella Chiarin joined the 4-way lineup, won the 4th consecutive 4-way title for eX3MO and then competed at the FAI World Meet 2014 in Prostejov.
eX3MO won again in 2015 and competed for Italy at the next world meet, the FAI Mondial 2016, then won a new 4-way title this summer...