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Seven of the eight teams at the national championships were back in Helsinki last weekend, and four additional teams made it an 11-team field stretched out over all four NSL categories.
Tempo and Tahma moved up into the AAA Class and joined the Pro Team, Blackjack and Telakka in this category. It was the first indoor competition in the AAA Class for both teams, and Tempo managed to outscore Telakka in a 3-team battle for the FITL bronze medals.
The Pro Team was back with the same lineup that completed the two previous meets this year, the Finnish Indoor Nationals in February and the Finnish Outdoor Nationals in August. This means that young Kalle Pohjola is now training and competing fully in both environments, as the NSL News reported on 5 August 2018. He is the reigning national indoor and outdoor champion with the Pro Team who posted a new team record average at the World Tunnel League September meet. His mother, former Pro Team member Outi Pohjola, has stepped back and left the slot for her son.
Finnish Indoor Nationals 2018
Pro Team and Tempo were actually the only two teams who competed at this year's national outdoor championships, as well, and the Pro Team has plans for more. In fact, father Kimmi Pohjola said that his son will compete at the FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving in two years.
The Finnish national 4-way champions are not competing in Australia next week. They have a plan for the next world meet in 2020 in Tanay, Russia.
Kalle Pohjola will collect his international outdoor meet experiences at the FAI World Cup 2019 in Eloy before aiming at the main target in Russia a year later.
The Pro Team has good memories of a world meet in Russia, where Eija Suvala and Kimmo Pohjola placed 10th with a 20.4 average in Menzelinsk 2010, with mother Outi Pohjola and Laura Miettinen in the lineup and Mikko Kajala on camera.
WTL September 2018 - Helsinki, Finland
Pro Team Extended with Kalle Pohjola won the Rookie Class competition in Bedford in 2013 with a 39.1 average, then the A Class competition three years later with 30.5 after ten rounds.
He skipped the AA Class and was ready for the AAA Class dive pool this year, indoor and outdoor, after just turning 18.
Only one Super Sequence and a second very fast sequence allowed all teams in Menzelinsk to finish with record averages. The new Pro Team lineup will most likely get to the same average without any help by a fast competition draw...