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Did You Know...

... that China made a strong statement in 4-way Women?

Team record average: Team X from Sweden
image by: Federation Francaise De Parachutisme
posted May 13th, 2019 - Several teams finished the FAI Indoor World Meet with new record averages, and the NSL News pointed out most of them. However, the most improved 4-way team has not been mentioned yet.

China's national team in 4-way Women had posted a 21.8 average at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018 in Bahrain and improved the number to 25.4 less than half a year later at Weembi Lille.

The 21.8 average in Bahrain placed China in 4th place on the 4-way Women leaderboard. However, the competition videos from Bahrain indicated already the potential for significantly higher scores soon to come. Team X from Sweden eventually became a victim of the new Chinese 4-way Women power.

Team X had won the FAI bronze medals in Bahrain with a 22.4 average and continued with their own consistent progression, first to the 23+ level, followed by the 24.3 record average at the indoor world meet last month. It was still not even close enough to being in serious contention for the 4-way Women medals. The United States had a very strong team in 4-way Women after missing Bahrain, and Russia's Formation Skydiving delegation came to Weembi Lille with Alena Chistova and her Hubble Bubble lineup. And then there was the underdog from China on a significantly increased performance and scoring level.

FGAI Indoor World Cup 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women K,17,J,21 4,H,F,11 18,L,16 5,M,O,C N,8,P,19 6,9,10 D,12,15 Q,B,G,22 20,E,14 7,3,2 Total Avg
1 NFTO  UK  27 -2 26 -2 20 -1 37 -1 25    23    22    29 -2 22    23     254 25.4
2 France  FR  26    23 -1 20    36 -1 24    19 -1 19    26    17 -3 20     230 23.0
3 Team X  SE  24 -1 26    18 -2 31 -1 22    21 -2 16 -4 27    20    19 -1  224 22.4
4 China  CN  22 -1 20 -3 20    28 -2 23    22 -2 18 -1 24    20 -1 21     218 21.8
5 HF Chicks  CZ  25 -1 23 -1 15 -4 26 -4 23    21 -2 17    24 -4 21    21     216 21.6
6 Satori  UK  24    19 -1 18    31    18 -3 20    18    23    18 -1 19     208 20.8
7 Zero-G  RU  22 -1 22    17    27 -3 20    20    16 -1 22    16 -3 20 -1 202 20.2
8 Zephyrus  UK  12    12 -2 10    16    13    12    10    17    11    13    126 12.6
Team X - China in 4-way Women at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
Most improved: China's 4-way Women team at the FAI Indoor World Meet
image by: Federation Francaise De Parachutisme
Team X was still involved in the competition for the 4th place, as the highscores for the single rounds are showing. However, Russia and China eventually fought it out for the spot right behind the medal rankings.

In fact, Russia and China both were actually closer to the bronze medal position than Team X was behind the same two teams. There was only a 7-point difference between XPG4 and Hubble Bubble after Round 10.

China's 4-way Women team was even much closer to the medal level with their pace. They missed the bronze medal position only due to their style that the judges did not approve as clean enough.

The fast pace was costly with a total of 15 point deductions.

The total number of completed formations (269) was even higher than XPG4's (267) for the 3rd place. China left Team X behind despite the 15-point damage and ended up only one single point behind Hubble Bubble.

FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women M,K,D,14 Q,4,5 P,E,9,15 3,N,G,2 6,1,8 F,12,11 13,22,J H,L,B,18 O,20,A,17 21,7,19 Total Avg
1 Nephtys Weembi  FR  34 27 35 25 23 25 23 33 31 24 280-1 28.0
2 NFTO  UK  34 26 34 28 23 24 24 34 28 23 278-5 27.8
3 XPG4  US  34 26 33 24 21 24 24 28 25 23 262-5 26.2
4 Bubble Hubble  RU  29 25 33 24 22 23 22 31 25 21 255-7 25.5
5 China  CN  31 26 31 22 23 24 22 30 22 23 254-15 25.4
6 Team X  SE  26 25 28 24 20 22 23 28 24 23 243-2 24.3
7 No Mercy  PL  29 22 25 21 19 17 21 23 20 22 219-8 21.9
8 Skynamite  DE  28 20 26 20 17 17 19 26 18 19 210-10 21.0
9 Voss Vind Girls  NO  27 22 24 18 18 19 20 23 19 19 209-6 20.9
Hubble Bubble - China - Team X in 4-way Women at the FAI Indoor World Meet
10-point damage: Skynamite from Germany
The indoor season is over for now, even though all outdoor teams will continue to use the wind tunnels for training purposes. China finished with a very strong statement at the indoor world meet, and it can be expected that the Chinese team management will find ways how to clean up the performance.

This situation will probably add a new contender to the medal level in 4-way Women. The 26+ pace may turn into higher numbers at the beginning of the next indoor season, and the approval of the judges for a cleaner performance could bring China to the world's indoor top level in 4-way Women.

Germany's national team in 4-way Women, Skynamite, would benefit from a better relationship with the judges, as well. China and Germany both collected 2-digit numbers for the total of penalties. Ten additional points would have brought Skynamite to a new team record level, as well...

The three medal winners in 4-way Women all finished with team record averages and collected together a total of 11 point deductions. Nephtys Weembi were the cleanest team, followed by Team X...

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