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The story on February 15th followed up on the same topic when the Qatar Falcons visited Skydive City in Florida for an outdoor training camp and then traveled to North Carolina for indoor training and the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship.
Gary Smith had his first competition test with the Qatar Tigers even earlier at the Wind Games 2019, where his team competed with and against NMP PCH HayaBusa, the 4-way indoor and outdoor world champions, who he had guided towards the top position in the world as the team's coach.
The Qatar Tigers did not make the trip to Paraclete XP, and Gary Smith was following the event action only from the distance. However, he was naturally very interested in results and performances at Paraclete XP, as the best U.S. team will become the next opponent for Qatar Tigers and NMP PCH HayaBusa at the FAI Indoor World Meet in April, and then at the outdoor world meet in Tanay 2020.
FAI World Meet 1997
|Rank||4-way Open - Top 10||13,Q,D,9||5,K,F,12||1,14,22||H,M,11,7||A,E,3,G||15,18,3||20,L,23||O,19,4||17,10,J||6,C,21||Total||Avg|
He took the time on Thursday last week to discuss the situation after the most recent indoor competition, and the conversation began with the U.S. race for the one slot in the Formation Skydiving delegation and the indoor world meet.
The NSL News was specifically interested in his observations of the Airspeed performance, as the Arizona team has been Gary Smith's main opponent for many years.
In fact, his regular confrontations with the different Airspeed lineups go back to the time when he was still competing with the South African national 4-way team DeLand Equanimity.
Gary Smith was the direct opponent when the original Airspeed lineup won the FAI 4-way gold medals in Turkey 1997. Equanimity won the bronze medals for South Africa at the same event.
USPA Nationals 2003
|2||Golden Knights Gold||26||18||19||32||23||21||19||17||19||17||211||21.1|
|5||Golden Knights Black||20||15||16||27||15||17||17||16||16||14||173||17.3|
|6||Perris School Boys||21||15||14||25||18||13||16||14||12||12||160||16.0|
|8||The Ranch Team||17||14||13||22||15||16||12||14||13||12||148||14.8|
|15||Guy Chuck JP Billy Mike||7||7||8||9||8||4||0||7||3||6||59||5.9|
The DeLand Majik lineup discontinued, while Gary Smith was not done yet with Arizona Airspeed. He joined DeLand Fire and won the U.S. qualification once again at the USPA Nationals 2005, this time over Golden Knights and Airspeed Odyssey. DeLand Fire then won the FAI 4-way gold medals in Germany 2006.
The second FAI gold medal was the end for Gary Smith's active career as a high-level 4-way competitor, and he began to focus mainly on coaching when he moved to the Netherlands. However, his competition with Arizona Airspeed continued in a different way when he became involved with coaching NMP PCH HayaBusa and now the Qatar Tigers.
He has battled with Arizona Airspeed as the HayaBusa coach since 2012 and lost the first duel by one point in Dubai 2012. Then he and the Belgians followed up with three consecutive FAI 4-way outdoor gold medals in 2014, 2016, 2018 and also added the indoor success. The indirect battle continues, and nobody knows Arizona Airspeed better than Gary Smith...