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Only the 4-way VFS teams did not get their ten rounds. The weather situation during last week's events was not in favor of the Artistic Events, Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS) and Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS), which opened the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Artist Events, Formation Skydiving, Speed Skydiving and Wingsuit Flying.
The weather turned to the better when it was time for the 4-way AA/Intermediate Class competition, and 32 teams completed the first two rounds on Saturday. This event was completed on Sunday when beautiful Illinois fall weather replaced rain, wind and grey skies and allowed the completion of the remaining eight rounds.
It became even better when the AAA Class teams (Open/Advanced) launched their competition on Monday and did their first seven rounds, even though the Intermediate Class leaderboard was not complete by then. There was still a jump-off for the bronze medals to come.
The meet still continued with the competition draw for the Open/Advanced Class event on Sunday evening, and the NSL-TV camera recorded the first engineering work of the teams shortly after the ten rounds were handed out to the 33 teams in the two AAA categories.
Meet Director Jimmy Hayhurst opened the tie-breaking procedure with a reminder of the rules and procedures before assigning the exit order for the two teams in a special way, as the new NSL-TV video clip is showing. Cali4nia Kids would exit the Twin Otter first, followed by Hands Free.
The NSL News covered the dramatic battle for the Intermediate Class gold medals on yesterday, which did not even include guest team SDC Rhevolution who finished one single point behind winner TSC Cadence. However, the Intermediate Class competition also offered the exciting race for the bronze medals.
USPA Nationals 2018
|G||SDC Rhevolution XP||13||22||11||11||15||-3||12||14||16||-1||12||11||-||137||13.7|
|6||The Mostly Asians||9||-1||17||-1||12||9||13||10||10||15||10||9||-||114||11.4|
|7||Carolina Ice XP||9||18||12||8||-1||13||9||9||15||9||11||-||113||11.3|
|9||TSC Off Cadence||9||14||10||9||13||10||7||-2||10||-1||7||-1||8||-||97||9.7|
Cali4nia Kids won their own four consecutive rounds beginning in Round 6 and had turned the 7-point deficit into a 1-point lead after Round 9. It seemed like the west coast team had the momentum.
Both teams were back where they started, when it was time for the extra round, and again they tied the number of completed formations within working time.
This time, Cali4nia Kids had the bad luck with the video angle and lost the first two points, while Hands Free had their completed 14 points confirmed by the judges.