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Team4speed from France had dominated the early days of VFS 4-way competition and won the first outdoor gold medals for France in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Team4speed retired after winning the third world championship title in Prostejov 2014, and the new French national team, Transfert, finished only in 3rd place at the FAI World Meet 2016, where SDC Core took over the VFS reigns.
France did not even send a 4-way VFS team to Australia last year and competed only in 4-way Open and 4-way Women of the Formation Skydiving competition. SDC Core won once again without any serious competition.
SDC Core's dominating position in 4-way VFS is still not really secure. French teams neither competed in 8-way nor in 4-way VFS in Australia, while they have still had a very strong presence at other events, especially at indoor competition. The upcoming indoor winter season, peaking at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019 at Weembi Lille in April, will probably present a very different picture of the French Formation Skydiving delegation.
FAI World Meet 2018
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France had sent a 4-way VFS team to the FAI Indoor World Meet 2017 in Montreal, which actually won the gold medals by six points over SDC Core. The 31.5 winning average was the highest result in the history of 4-way VFS.
The French VFS lineup in Montreal 2017 was a combination of two Team4speed world champions of 2010, 2012 and 2014 (Raphael Coudray, Frederic Nenet) and two members of the national team of 2016, Transfert (Edouard Henry, Mickael Melo). SDC Core competed with the same lineup in Montreal that won the outdoor gold medals a year later in Australia.
France neither had a 4-way VFS team at the outdoor world meet in Australia nor at the indoor world cup in Bahrain a few weeks later, where SDC Core won once again without any serious opposition. However, SDC Core know the whole 4-way VFS community very well, and they are aware of the French situation at any time. The competition at the next major indoor event could be very different and more similar to the last indoor world meet in Montreal.
FAI Indoor World Meet 2017
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French national 4-way VFS indoor team and SDC Core at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2017
In fact, the third indoor world meet could generate the third set of FAI indoor gold medals for France in VFS 4-way. Transfert won at the Hurricane Factory in 2015 where SDC Core did not compete, and the Team4speed/Transfert combination followed up with gold in Montreal 2017.
The French indoor delegation at Weembi Lille in April also has the potential for the first Formation Skydiving Indoor Sweep in history, after the last FS Outdoor Sweep in Menzelinsk 2010 with gold medals in all four FS events (4-way Open - 4-way Women - 4-way VFS - 8-way Open). NMP PCH HayaBusa avoided the first French FS Indoor Sweep in Montreal 2017 with the gold medals in 4-way Open, barely fending off the Weembi High Rollers challenge. France won the indoor gold medals in 4-way VFS, 4-way Women and 4-way Junior.
The French national indoor team in 4-way Open, Weembi Mix, has become even stronger and defeated HayaBusa at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018. The three other French national indoor teams will just be as ready to defend the French gold medals of 2017, and France will also be a top contender in indoor 8-way, a guest event at the indoor world meet this year. Host and Weembi Mix member Julien Degen was a part of the French FS Outdoor Sweep in Menzelinsk 2010, and he has now a chance to make history once again...