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This will be the unique achievement for a 3-way. The most successful 2-way will still be Philippe Schorno and Eric Fradet who won 4-way medals consecutively for France in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1993.
The strong French 2-way connection of this time period was in fact the reason for the start of the Arizona Airspeed team franchise in 1994. The top competitors from the east and west coast in the United States were tired of competing against each other and losing to the French teams.
Dan BC and Jack Jefferies discussed the situation with Kirk Verner, who had been competing on both U.S. sides, and the result was the first and original Airspeed lineup with Jack Jefferies, Mark Kirkby, Kirk Verner and Dan BC. The same story concluded with the summary that three teams share the historic record of two consecutive gold medals with identical lineups: France in 1987/1989 and 1991/1993 and Arizona Airspeed's original lineup in 1995/1997.
FAI World Meet 2014
FAI World Meet 2016
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The same story did not point out how close Airspeed's original lineup actually was to the unprecedented triple-gold record. Jack Jefferies, Mark Kirkby, Kirk Verner and Dan BC added a new 2-year period to the team commitment after winning the second set of FAI gold medals in 1997.
They also added 8-way training and competition to the Airspeed agenda. Goal was obviously to win the third consecutive set of 4-way gold medals for Airspeed in Spain 2001 and bring the William H. Ottley Sword for 8-way Formation Skydiving Competition, also known as the Excalibur, to Eloy, as well.
The four original Airspeed members actually won their third consecutive FAI gold medals in Spain, while it was not in the same event. Airspeed won gold in 8-way and silver in 4-way.
FAI World Meet 1999
It was the new French 4-way team that kept Airspeed from winning the third time and taking both Excalibur swords back to the United States, where they had been since 1995.
Jérôme David then switched to the full-time position of the national coach and changed the selection procedures in France. Davide Moy, Thierry Boitieux and the Ferre brothers Martial and Marin, with Laurent Pechberty on camera, became the new national 4-way team and finished only four points behind Airspeed in their second year at the FAI World Meet 1997 in Turkey.
It was still a close competition with a 6-point difference in 1999; however, Airspeed did not get to the third set of consecutive 4-way gold medals and did not come back as a 4-way team after Australia 1999. The historic record of three consecutive 4-way gold medals for the same lineup is still open for grabs, and NMP PCH HayaBusa would have the opportunity in 2020 - if they win this year in Australia...