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Aerodyne Realfly and Aerodyne Weembi Girls had and have no intention to invest training efforts into 8-way competition. The NSL News met both teams at the mockup and asked them to pretend working on an 8-way exit. It was false news and meant to be a joke.
However, the 8-way situation in France is really not very promising, which initiated the false NSL News. There are no plans to send a team to the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia at this point in time, which is extremely unusual. Both 4-way teams are gold medal contenders this year, while the French delegation may depart Gold Coast without an 8-way medal.
Aerodyne Weembi Girls don't even seem to have any serious competition in 4-way Women, and the FAI gold medals are almost guaranteed, while the French 4-way Open teams has a lot of work ahead to catch up with NMP PCH HayaBusa and Arizona Airspeed. However, there will most likely be French medals in these two 4-way Formation Skydiving competition events.
Shamrock Showdown 2018
|2||SDC Rhythm XP||US||27||23||23||33(-1)||18||27||29||20||23||25||248(-1)||24.8|
|4||Aerodyne Weembi Girls||FR||26(-1)||23||21(-1)||33(-1)||15(-2)||26||27||19||22||23(-1)||235(-6)||23.5|
France has collected three sets of gold medals in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Only the U.S. delegation has collected more gold medals. France has eight sets of silver medals in the collection, which were always for 2nd places behind the U.S. teams, either Golden Knights or Arizona Airspeed.
Six times, French 8-way teams had to settle for the bronze position, and Russia collected all other 8-way medals, with one exception in 2008 when Italy finished 3rd.
The absence of a French 8-way team would be an extremely unusual situation and bring the Qatar Falcons into the position of the top contender for bronze medals, while only Russia and United States were in the game for the top spot in Australia.
There have been earlier years when France was mostly focused on 4-way competition and gave 8-way lower priority. However, the wealth of 8-way experiences and skills has always been enough to fend off any other new potential medal contenders, and the French 8-way teams would still win medals for their delegation.
National coach Mathieu Bernier has been a part of the French 8-way history since 2006 and has won his own three gold medals in this event. He and his 4-way and 8-way team mate in the French gold medal era (2006 - 2010) had the opportunity to discuss the current situation in DeLand, where Jeremie Rollett was coaching the Qatar Tigers. They had their own little coaching rivalry, and Mathieu Bernier won - in 4-way...