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The FAI rules for world cups allow a maximum of four teams to represent each country, while all five British teams were on the same leaderboard at the UK Nationals. However, the British delegation has options to chose from, as two of the five teams (NFTO - Alola) could also compete in 4-way Women. Chimera, Eros and Pajama Pumas with mixed-gender lineups can only compete in 4-way Open.
Alola qualified for this year's world cup at last year's national championship, as all British teams do. It was still a different way that brought Alola into the UK delegation. The top-ranked AAA Class teams earn the right to compete for Great Britain at a world cup, and the British Parachute Association (BPA) also offers the AA Class winner the same opportunity.
Alola was last year's AA Class champion and accepted the invitation, as several other previous AA Class winners have done.
UK Nationals 2019
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Alola would have both options, as well, even if NFTO sign up for the 4-way Women competition. The British delegation could have three teams on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard and two teams in 4-way Women.
Alola started with the same lineup at the AA Class competition of the World Challenge 2018 and have attended only outdoor events ever since. The UK Nationals was the team's only competition this year.
Last year, Pajama Pumas were done after World Challenge, all three UKSL meets and the UK Nationals. This year, the FAI World Cup will be the highlight and the conclusion of the competition season.
ESL Championship 2016
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Pajama Pumas and Alola both know international competition atmosphere after attending the World Challenge in Bedford, both teams in 2018, Pajama Pumas also this year. However, international outdoor competition at an FAI event brings a very different situation to the teams.
Pajama Pumas started the team career with a 0.2 average in the Rookie Class at the UKSL May meet in 2016. Three years later, they compete with the British Formation Skydiving delegation at the FAI World Cup.
It will not be the same as at the ESL Championship 2016. There is only AAA Class competition at FAI events, and Pajama Pumas will not compete for medals this time. The 14+ average level will still probably be good enough to place in the middle of the leaderboard, as Chimera (15th - 16.0), Antimatter (18th - 14.8) and Eros (22nd - 13.0) did for the British delegation at the previous world cup in Saarlouis 2017...