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Did You Know...

... that Arizona Airspeed members took extra time for NSL Talk on Friday?

Ready for Round 10 at Gold Coast: NMP PCH HayaBusa and Arizona Airspeed
posted Oct 13th, 2018 - Friday at the FAI World Meet 2018 was simply dedicated to completing the missing competition rounds as quickly as possible, and this purpose included the last-round showdown between NMP PCH HayaBusa and Arizona Airspeed. The final day also featured the tied 8-way world record in Round 10 by the Golden Knights.

It was only one competition round that had to be performed by several teams, with the top contenders in action for the last time, unless a jump-off round would be required. It was still a very challenging and exhausting day for HayaBusa and Airspeed who had to approach Round 10 like a jump-off round.

However, three Airspeed members still had enough energy to meet with the NSL News and discuss the 4-way thriller after a longer break.

Niklas Hemlin, Mikhail Markine and team videographer David French came back to the sports center to share their feelings and thoughts with the NSL News and the online audience before the last competition day was really over. Awards ceremony and closing banquet were scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening at the Intercontinental hotel where teams and competitors are accommodated.

FAI World Meet 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 21,L,B,G 22,18,17 19,7,O J,16,12 10,A,D,15 Q,M,F,C,N H,20,P,13 6,14,11 E,2,5 4,1,3 Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  32 21 27 24 22 62 22 20 27 22 279 27.9
Roster: Andy Grauwels (Outside Center), David Grauwels (Inside Center), Jeroen Nollet (Tail), Dennis Praet (Point), Luc Van Britsom (Video)
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  26 21 27 24 24 60 26 22 27 20 277 27.7
Roster: Niklas Hemlin (Outside Center), Thiago Gomes (Inside Center), Mikhail Markine (Tail), Ari Perelman (Point), David French (Video)
FAI World Meet 2016
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 12,A,16 18,15,O 1,F,E,C 17,B,14 10,2,20 21,11,G J,5,19 L,M,K,7 D,8,4 3,13,Q Total Avg
1 NMP PCH HayaBusa  BE  24 25 35 26 19 22 27 39 23 22  262 26.2
Roster: Andy Grauwels (Outside Center), David Grauwels (Inside Center), Jeroen Nollet (Tail), Dennis Praet (Point), Danny Jacobs (Video)
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  21 23 31 26 18 22 27 40 23 23  254 25.4
Roster: Thomas Hughes (Outside Center), Niklas Hemlin (Inside Center), Thiago Gomes (Tail), Mikhail Markine (Point), Justin Price (Video)
FAI World Meet 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open E,3,C,5 F,6,D,21 19,H,2 M,4,1 O,14,A,P 8,J,16 7,11,12 22,20,15 17,G,18 13,B,9 Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  32 29 25 25 33 25 22 18 26 29 264 26.4
Roster: Andy Grauwels (Outside Center), David Grauwels (Inside Center), Roy Janssen (Tail), Dennis Praet (Point), Danny Jacobs (Video)
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  31 27 25 24 31 23 22 17 24 29 253 25.3
Roster: Thomas Hughes (Outside Center), Chris Farina (Inside Center), Mark Kirkby (Tail), Thiago Gomes (Point), Justin Price (Video)
FAI World Meet 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
Roster: Thomas Hughes (Outside Center), Niklas Hemlin (Inside Center), Mark Kirkby (Tail), Josh Hall (Point), Bill Schmitz (Video)
2 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  25 34 27 21 23 24 32 27 40 25  278 27.8
Roster: Andy Grauwels (Outside Center), David Grauwels (Inside Center), Roy Janssen (Tail), Dennis Praet (Point), Danny Jacobs (Video)

Niklas Hemlin is the longest standing Airspeed member and competed for the first time at a world meet with the Swedish 4-way team in 1997. He was the Inside Center for the Airspeed lineup at the FAI World Meet 2012 and won the gold medals by one single point with the 27.9 average that is still the highest scoring number in 4-way history, even though NMP PCH HayaBusa has now tied the 27.9 average and won by two points this week.

27.9 after Round 10 in Dubai 2012

Niklas Hemlin took a 2-year break after winning the gold medals in 2012 and came back for the 2017/2018 lineup. HayaBusa took the gold medals to Belgium in 2014 and defended them twice ever since, while Niklas Hemlin is on the mission to bring them back to Arizona.

Niklas Hemlin switched to the Outside Center position when Thomas Hughes left at the end of the 2016 season, and the current lineup has three members who attended their first World Championship of Formation Skydiving: David French, Mikhail Markine and Ari Perelman. David French and Mikhail Markine were available for the conversation on Friday afternoon.

The situation in the coming two years will be different compared to the history between HayaBusa and Airspeed, where both teams went through personnel changes. They continue with the same lineups for the next two years and start on eye level. The audience has good reasons to look forward to watching more very exciting 4-way showdowns...

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