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Aerokart Ak'demie, reigning 4-way Junior world champions, won in Norway with a 27.0 average, followed by the 2017 bronze medalists from the Czech Republic, the HF Cubs, who suffered a devastating 10-point loss in Round 4.
The 4-way Junior silver medalists of 2017, the Air Devils from Canada, did not travel to Europe and had their own national indoor championships just a week after the event in Norway.
The Air Devils competed in the AA Class at iFLY Toronto, which is almost identical with FAI/IPC's 4-way Junior category.
However, the FAI/IPC dive pool excludes Block 1 and Block 13 from competition draws in 4-way Open and 4-way Junior both, and Aerokart Ak'demie and HF Cubs did not have to perform them in Norway. The FAI/IPC 4-way Junior events are also only 8-round meets.
Canadian Nationa 2018
Block 1 (Snowflake - Snowflake) was neither drawn for the AAA Class competition nor for the teams in the AA Class, while both categories had Block 13 (Offset - Spinner) in their draws.
Air Devils member Yannick Bisson was performing Block 13 in Round 4 with his 4-way Junior team and then again in Round 5 in the AAA Class with his father Richard Bisson and sister Valerie for team 4'Astrophe.
He outscored 4'Astrophe with the Air Devils by meet average (23.6 - 22.7) after a total of 20 rounds in the point slot on the championship weekend.
Air Devils had no serious competition in the AA Class, while there was high pressure in the AAA Class competition with the Canadian national team in 4-way Open, Fuzion Voltige.
Canadian Nationals 2018
FAI European Indoor Championship 2018
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Aerokart Ak'demie seems to be far ahead of Air Devils and HF Cubs by the meet average numbers, which could be misleading. The 10-point loss of the HF Cubs in Round 4 alone decreased the meet average by 1.3 points. The NSL News explained in the earlier update that the HF Cubs have actually moved closer to the French national team in 4-way Junior.
The 23.6 average of the Air Devils at the national indoor championships is neither reflecting the actual performance level of the 4-way Junior team, as dive pool and competition draw are not identical and slightly more challenging in the AA Class.
Reality is probably that all three teams have moved closer to each other, and the next international 4-way Junior showdown will probably be more competitive compared to the indoor world meet last year...