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Today's news update is still very different, as the information was provided live by Airspeed captain Niklas Hemlin. His team is on a short vacation before the preparations for the 2018 season will begin, and he took the time to discuss the most interesting topics that came up after the results at the last two major events.
Airspeed had tough opponents at both meets, which included the reigning 4-way indoor and outdoor world champions from Belgium, NMP PCH HayaBusa. Niklas Hemlin said that his team was still mostly looking at the SDC Rhythm XP scores only in Perris, while they were trying to deliver the performance level that they had trained for.
He said that Airspeed was impressed when they found themselves one point behind Rhythm after Round 4. They realized that they had to pick up the pace if they wanted to win, and it became a tricky situation. Plan was to deliver the desired and planned performance quality, while this did not seem enough to outscore Rhythm. The scoreboard after Round 4 was showing a picture that did not fit to the plan.
USPA Nationals 2017
|1||NMP PCH HayaBusa||BE||31||33||28||23||25||23||23||22||31||31||270||27.0|
|3||SDC Rhythm XP||US||29||31||28||23||22||20||23||19||28||29||252||25.2|
FAI Indoor World Meet 2017
|1||NMP PCH HayaBusa||BE||30||29||25||30||47||33||34||34||37||28||-||327||32.7|
|2||Weembi High Rollers||FR||30||29||26||30||41||35||32||32||37||28||-||320||32.0|
He was able to change the course of the Airspeed performance in Perris at the right time and secure the USPA gold medals in the second half of the meet.
Airspeed did not spend too much time with observing the HayaBusa performance. It was more important to win the U.S. duel, which was necessary to get on the path to meet the Belgians next year in Australia for the FAI gold medal competition.
However, NMP PCH HayaBusa has now become the major target, and the FAI Indoor World Meet in Montreal became the first step on the extremely challenging road to closing the distance within a year and stopping HayaBusa from completing their mission of three consecutive sets of 4-way gold medals.
Airspeed's plan includes a lot of meet practice. In fact, the best U.S. team will reduce the number of training jumps from 1,000 to 800 and accommodate the busy meet schedule, which includes several indoor events, beginning with the Wind Games in February 2018, followed by Paraclete XP Indoor Championships and World Challenge.
FAI Mondial Dubai 2012
|Rank||4way Open - Top 6||5,12,E||6,D,B,K||O,8,7||N,13,18||10,21,M||19,H,11||C,G,1,A||20,9,15||16,F,P,Q||2,J,4||Total||Avg|
|5||Sky Panthers Barkli||RU||19||29||22||21||21||18||28||20||35||20||233||23.3|
Airspeed will also attend four outdoor meets before traveling to Australia, and the Shamrock Showdown 2018 is the first one. Paraclete's Summer Classic and a 4-way competition in Texas will lead to the USPA Nationals 2018, which takes place a month before the world meet.
He was looking at the Airspeed situation in 1999, when the USPA Nationals took place approx. a month before the world meet, which was hosted by Australia.
The situation is almost identical next year, and Niklas Hemlin wants a different result than Airspeed's 1999 team. The 4-way lineup competed also in 8-way and ended up behind the French 4-way team in 2nd place.
Dan BC and Jack Jefferies have been consulting the current Airspeed with their first-hand 1999 experiences, even though Airspeed 2018 will not compete in 8-way. NMP PCH HayaBusa has already withdrawn from 8-way competition in Australia...
FAI World Meet 1999
|Rank||4way Open - Top 7||9,24,A||O,M,2,Q||14,P,11||19,3,15||N,8,12||C,1,E,20||K,23,17||B,16,21||L,22,J,7||G,5,6||Total||Avg|