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Did You Know...

... that the Air Devils cleaned up after Round 4 to win gold?

Gold in Poland: Air Devils in 2016
posted Nov 4th, 2018 - The three national teams in 4-way Junior from Canada (Air Devils), France (Aerokart Ak'demie) and Czech Republic (HF Cubs) have known each other since FAI/IPC introduced the event at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2016. In fact, they started with 4-way training and competition already a few years earlier.

The Air Devils won the first of the three FAI events in Poland, where they competed against two different French teams and took the gold medals by four points. The Aerokart Ak'demie 1 team placed 2nd for France, Aerokart Ak'demie 2 finished in 4th place, and the third French team, Ak'demie 3, was in 6th place.

The HF Junior Cubs were not in medal contention in 2016 and ended up behind two of the three French teams in 5th place. The total of eight teams was the highest participation in 4-way Junior at the first official FAI/IPC competition in this category.

A year later, the 4-way Junior teams competed for the first world championship title in Montreal on home turf for the Air Devils. Only four teams traveled to Canada, and the Air Devils lost the second confrontation with the best French team by 22 points.

FAI Indoor World Cup 2016
12345678TotalAvg
Rank4-way Junior6,2221,P,B4,2014,M,NK,15,C19,L,7O,2,HJ,A,18TotalAvg
1AirDevilsCA16(-1)22162421(-1)21222116320.4
2Aerokart Ak'demie 1FR1721(-2)172123(-1)18(-2)21(-2)2115919.9
3Tunnel VisionCA16(-1)2313(-2)21(-1)20(-1)17(-4)222115319.1
4Aerokart Ak'demie 2FR16(-1)241714(-2)22191918(-1)14918.6
5HF Junior CubsCZ1518(-3)1317181614(-3)1913016.3
6Aerokart Ak'demie 3FR131812(-1)14(-1)14(-2)15161511714.6
7VossVind GirlsNO11(-2)15(-1)111513(-1)1516(-1)1310913.6
8HF Junior FliesCZ12(-1)10(-5)8(-2)131110(-1)11(-3)9(-2)8410.5
Silver in Montreal: Air Devils in 2017
The French national junior team in Montreal was not the same as in 2016. The NSL News has explained in earlier updates that the Aerokart Ak'demie 2 lineup upset the Ak'demie 1 lineup at the French Indoor Nationals 2017 and earned the trip to Canada where they won the first indoor world meet gold medals.

Only one team competes per nation at a world championship, and the HF Cubs won the first set of 4-way Junior bronze medals for the Czech Republic. The HF Chicks added more bronze medals to the Czech collection at the same event in 4-way Women.

The same three 4-way Junior medal winners were back a year later in Bahrain last month. Aerokart's Ak'demie 2 with the same lineup was still the best 4-way junior team in France after the French Indoor Nationals 2018, where they placed 8th on the AAA Class leaderboard. The Ak'demie 3 lineup won the AA Class competition.

Air Devils came to Bahrain with one new team member (Hope Hadfield), and the HF Cubs had one new indoor flyer in their rotating lineup, as well (Sabina Ciolekov√°). The second French team in Bahrain, Aerokart Ak'demie 3, has been training and competing with the same lineup since 2016.

FAI Indoor World Meet 2017
12345678TotalAvg
Rank4-way JuniorF,7,L19,A,K11,N,E22,H,9Q,M,J,814,6B,15,PO,C,18TotalAvg
1Aerokart Ak'demie 2FR36(-3)29(-1)272634223323(-1)23028.8
2Air DevilsCA32292623(-1)28(-1)2222(-4)2620826.0
3HF Junior CubsCZ34(-2)17(-6)191924(-2)182822(-1)18122.6
4Skyblockers SingaporeSG29(-2)24(-1)10(-11)19(-3)19(-5)1921(-2)2216320.4
Gold after clean-up in Bahrain: Air Devils in 2018
All four junior teams finished with new team record averages in Bahrain, and the HF Cubs were the most improved team, as the NSL News reported on 31 October 2018. The Air Devils took back their world cup title from France, while the same three medal winners of 2017 have moved much closer together, due to the impressive progression of the HF Cubs.

Air Devils and Aerokart Ak'demie 2 were actually still tied in 1st place when the NSL News pointed out on 26 October 2018 that the 4-way Junior leaderboard did not show one round without a point deduction after Round 3 at the end of the first day.

The first clean round was posted by Aerokart Ak'demie 3 in Round 4, while the three medal winners added more red marks to their score sheets.

The Air Devils eventually reacted best to the penalty situation and cleaned up the performance beginning in Round 5. The Canadian juniors lost only one more point in the second half of the meet, which became one of the winning factors in the competition with the French team in 2nd place. Ak'demie 2 lost a total of 23 points and the HF Cubs even more with 25 deductions. Air Devils won gold with a total loss of only 10 points.

FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Junior 20,4 14,11 H,2,8 22,P,6 A,15,Q N,E,M,F G,K,O,J 19,9 Total Avg
1 Air Devils CA 21 -1 18 -2 21 -2 23 -4 34 52 45 27 -1 241 30.1
2 France Aerokart FR 21 -2 19 -2 20 -4 21 -5 34 44 -4 43 -3 23 -3 225 28.1
3 HF Cubs CZ 18 -3 14 -5 20 -2 22 -3 24 -5 54 -3 40 -2 26 -2 218 27.3
4 France Aerokart B FR 16 -1 14 -3 17 -1 20 20 -2 30 -6 27 -6 21 -1 165 20.6
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