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Did You Know...

... that Teams from Brazil and Paraguay are preparing for their trips to Australia?

Original CTR Optimum lineup in 2005 with coach Craig Girard
posted Jul 20th, 2018 - 4-way teams from Brazil have represented their country seven times at FAI World Championships of Formation Skydiving, out of the 17 events since 1985. Brazil missed the last two world meets in 2014 and 2016 and will now be back for the next one in October in Australia.

It will be the same team that has dominated 4-way competition in Brazil since 2005, even though the current lineup includes only one original member, outside center André Ferraz. He and his team mate Fábio Diniz launched the CTR Optimum project in 2005, along with a Brazilian version of the National Skydiving League, with the goal of increasing participation and lifting the performance level in their country.

A year later, CTR Optimum competed for Brazil at the FAI World Meet 2006 in Germany and finished with a 14.0 average, significantly higher compared to the previous appearance of a team from Brazil (10.3) in Spain 2001.

Thiago Gomes, Arizona Airspeed's current inside center, had competed for Brazil in Spain 2001, together with Pedro Ushizima who became a member of the original CTR Optimum lineup four years later.

Brazilian Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class O,N,9,G 19,B,7 3,F,13 5,M,22 20,14,8 P,16,4 K,1,D,2 10,6,A 21,11,18 E,L,12,Q Total Avg
1 CTR Optimum  BR  23    17    15    15    13    17    17    16    14    17    164 16.4
2 Go Fly  BR  23 -1 16    14    12 -1 11    9    14    11    11    13 -1 134 13.4
3 Cometas  BR  21    15 -1 11    13    11    12 -2 13 -1 12    11    14    133 13.3
4 Paradocks  BR  17    14    9    10    9    10    11    10    9    13    112 11.2
5 Adventure Flyers  PY  16    13    10    10    9    12    10    10    9    12    111 11.1
6 Cometas Women  BR  15    10 -1 10    9    8    9 -1 5 -4 8    7    8    89 8.9
7 Anima  BR  13    10 -1 5 -1 9    6    7    7 -1 6    7    8    78 7.8
4-way participation and progression of Brazilian teams at FAI World Meets since 1985
16.1 average at the FAI Mondial 2012 in Dubai
The original lineup continued and represented Brazil again two years later in Maubeuge 2008 and then missed the FAI World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk, Russia.

A new lineup, still with André Ferraz and Fábio Diniz, became even more committed to the preparations for and the performance at the FAI Mondial 2012 in Dubai after missing the 2010 world meet.

CTR Optimum 2012 attended three meets that year before lifting the Brazilian record average at a world meet to 16.1 in Dubai.

The 2012 world meet season began at the Shamrock Showdown, together with a second team from Brazil, Anima, who still competed this month at the national championships, as well. Two meets in Brazil followed before the trip to Dubai at the end of the year and the new world meet record average.

No teams from Brazil attended the next two world meets (Prostejov 2014, Chicago 2016) before the latest lineup made plans for Australia 2018.

FAI Mondial 2012 2012
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 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
1 Arizona Airspeed  US  27 34 27 22 23 23 32 25 40 26  279 27.9
2 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  25 34 27 21 23 24 32 27 40 25  278 27.8
3 Aerodyne Aerokart  FR  26 30 27 21 23 25 29 23 37 24 265 26.5
4 Evolution  CA  22 31 24 17 19 21 28 22 30 22 236 23.6
5 Sky Panthers Barkli  RU  19 29 22 21 21 18 28 20 35 20 233 23.3
6 Satori  UK  18 26 21 17 15 18 23 17 27 18 200 20.0
7 eX3MO  IT  17 24 20 14 17 19 22 18 28 - 179 19.9
8 Paratec-Saar  DE  18 26 21 13 14 16 21 18 30 - 177 19.7
9 Rotor Out  AU  14 25 18 15 17 18 22 17 28 - 174 19.3
10 Bardagi  SE  17 26 20 14 16 15 23 17 24 - 172 19.1
11 Voodoo  ZA  16 24 19 13 15 16 23 17 - - 143 17.9
12 Ravens  AT  18 23 17 15 17 13 22 16 - - 141 17.6
13 Qatar Tigers  QA  15 21 19 14 15 17 19 16 - - 136 17.0
14 VIVA 4  CH  14 21 19 11 17 14 20 14 - - 130 16.3
15 CTR Optimum  BR  17 19 16 13 15 14 19 16 - - 129 16.1
16 Dubai Asaar Red  AE  16 20 16 12 15 16 18 13 - - 126 15.8
17 China  CN  7 21 15 14 14 15 21 16 - - 123 15.4
18 Spain  ES  16 21 16 13 9 13 21 10 - - 119 14.9
18 Lize  CZ  13 21 17 12 17 11 17 11 - - 119 14.9
20 Bodyflight Voluntas  DK  15 21 17 10 13 11 18 12 - - 117 14.6
21 Rebootizer Aerial  MC  15 14 16 11 16 13 17 13 - - 115 14.4
22 Silver Knights  FI  13 18 16 10 13 14 18 12 - - 114 14.3
23 Magic 4  LT  14 17 15 11 14 14 14 13 - - 112 14.0
24 Whooops  NL  10 18 17 10 13 14 16 11 - - 109 13.6
25 Singapore  SG  14 21 16 12 13 9 14 9 - - 108 13.5
26 Fast Air  IE  11 17 12 8 12 11 14 12 - - 97 12.1
27 Ukraine  UA  11 15 11 10 11 10 14 10 - - 92 11.5
27 Atmosfera G4  PT  12 15 12 10 8 10 13 12 - - 92 11.5
29 Lupus  EE  10 14 12 9 11 10 14 11 - - 91 11.4
30 Sky Dragons  SI  12 11 13 9 11 10 12 10 - - 88 11.0
31 Kazakhstan  KZ  10 11 11 9 6 9 8 8 - - 72 9.0
32 Argentina  AR  8 13 7 7 8 7 10 9 - - 69 8.6
33 Cyprus  CY  7 6 10 7 6 7 10 7 - - 60 7.5
34 Colombia  CO  6 9 9 5 8 6 8 6 - - 57 7.1
35 Oman  OM  5 8 10 8 6 5 6 6 - - 54 6.8
36 Turkey  TR  0 6 8 4 6 6 5 7 - - 42 5.3
37 Thailand  TH  3 7 7 4 5 0 6 2 - - 34 4.3
38 Ecuador  EC  0 0 2 2 2 3 3 3 - - 15 1.9
First world meet coming: Adventure Flyers from Paraguay
Original member and team co-founder André Ferraz now has George Narita (Tail), Daiton Ribeiro (Point) and Juliana Sé (Inside Center) in his current lineup, with Rick Neves on camera, and CTR Optimum 2018 are on their way to lift the Brazilian world meet record average once again to the next level, as this month's 16.4 average at the national championships indicates.

CTR Optimum were not the only team at the Brazilian Nationals who will travel to Australia in October. There was another national team that used the meet to collect more competition experiences.

The Adventure Flyers are from Brazil's neighbor country Paraguay. The team has traveled to the United States four times to compete, starting with the Shamrock Showdown 2017, and the trip to the Brazilian Nationals 2018 was much shorter compared to the previous distances.

Brazil will be back with a team at a world meet this year, and the Adventure Flyers will represent Paraguay for the first time in 4-way history...

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