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Did You Know...

... that the Pro Team will be back at a world meet in two years?

Finnish Outdoor Nationals 2018
posted Oct 2nd, 2018 - The first meet of the Finnish Tunnel League eventually attracted more teams to the Fööni wind tunnel in Helsinki than to the Finnish Indoor Nationals 2018 in February at the other wind tunnel in Finland, Sirius in Pyhtää.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 22,D,7 14,5,H E,3,K,20 10,O,15 C,B,L,16 18,F,12 17,9,J 19,8,Q A,M,4,6 P,2,G,21 Total Avg
1 Pro Team 20 22 20 20 28 20 31 21 23 23 228 22.8
2 Telakka 15 15 16 15 18 13 23 15 17 15 162 16.2
3 Blackjack 13 12 11 15 19 13 18 13 18 13 145 14.5
Rank AA Class 22,D,7 14,H,Q E,K,20 O,15,6 C,B,L,21 18,F,N 9,J,11 19,8 A,M,4 P,2,G Total Avg
1 Tempo 16 18 19 18 17 18 18 15 24 19 182 18.2
2 Tahma 12 15 13 13 16 11 14 11 18 11 134 13.4
Rank A Class D,7 H,Q,21 E,K,G O,6 C,B,L F,N,P 9,J 19,8 A,M,4 P,2 Total Avg
1 Flailing Sirkus 15 13 12 10 15 21 17 8 14 10 135 13.5
2 4K 13 11 14 9 16 19 15 8 10 9 124 12.4
3 EFOU 11 11 13 10 12 15 12 6 8 9 107 10.7
Finnish Indoor Nationals 2018
Kalle Pohjola has 220 jumps at this point in time, and he likes jumping from planes even better than training and competing in a flying chamber, which he has done for six years.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class O,18,17 6,L,14 D,7,3 5,21,A M,16,F,Q P,G,K,9 22,12,H 20,10,4 N,8,2 E,19,B,J Total Avg
1 Pro Team 22 -1 23 -1 23 -1 24 32 39 18 14 -3 19 -1 30 -3 244 24.4
2 Blackjack 17 16 -1 17 17 -1 27 -1 25 -1 11 -2 13 13 -2 27 183 18.3
3 Tempo 16 12 -4 15 -2 19 27 23 -2 12 -2 13 17 24 -2 178 17.8
4 Telakka 16 -1 18 -1 19 17 -1 25 -2 20 -6 13 -1 12 -1 14 19 -3 173 17.3
5 Tahma 7 -1 14 13 10 -2 16 -1 19 10 8 -1 11 -1 17 -2 125 12.5
Finnish Tunnel League September 2018
Kalle Pohjola was already packing for the team by then, even though he was not in Menzelinsk for the world meet. He joined the active lineup for the first time at the World Challenge 2013 when he was 12 years of age.

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.

The Pro Team has two years to get ready for the main goal in Tanay and leave the 20.4 team record average behind. The team's current outdoor performance is already on a similar level as in 2010.

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...

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