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Did You Know...

... that Brianne Thompson has the Fun Flag and pursues two bronze medals in Eloy?

Brianne Thompson with Arizona X Force and Fun Flag
posted Oct 10th, 2019 - The Fun Flag had its first showing during the opening ceremony of the FAI Outdoor World Cup, as the NSL News reported yesterday. The Norwegian VFS team Blue Pelican had shown it during the opening ceremony on Monday and then kept it hidden on Tuesday.

They received the yellow card for the violation of the Fun Flag rules, even though team member Derek Nordlund Broughton said that his team simply forgot to bring the flag to Skydive Arizona in the morning. However, Blue Pelican followed up, and they were on their way to letting it fly again on Wednesday when the next party took possession of it.

It was VFS home team Arizona X Force who were able to grab the Fun Flag on Wednesday. They wasted no time getting it back up again, and they picked a spot where every competitor could take a look at it with enough attention.

Arizona X Force is also dealing with a special situation, which has brought double duties in a different way to one of the team members. Brianne Thompson is competing in 4-way Women at the same time filling an open slot for Phoenix XP. There are several double duties between the 4-way and 8-way events, while Brianne Thompson is the only competitor who switches back and forth between 4-way Women and 4-way VFS.


New Fun Flag adventure on Wednesday
Skynamite substitute Andrea Kleinschmidt (left) with team mate Sandra Dederichs
This has happened only once at a world meet when Canada's national team Evolution competed at the FAI World Meet 2014 in Prostejov. The three Lemay brothers Martin, Vincent and Benoit teamed up with Jean-Christophe Ouimet in 4-way VFS and with Katie Woods in 4-way Open. Jean-Sebastien Vadeboncoeur was filming both lineups, and they won bronze medals in both events.

Brianne Thompson could copy the special double duties achievement with two bronze medals. The first one in 4-way VFS seems to be secured, as Arizona X Force is 19 points ahead of Blue Pelican after Round 9. It will be more challenging in 4-way Women where the German team Skynamite was tied with Phoenix XP after Round 5.

Both teams have substitutes in their lineups, who are both experienced 4-way competitors. Oceanside AtomiX member Andrea Kleinschmidt replaces injured Janine Tillenburg. Brianne Thompson trained and competed with Elsinore/Fastrax Select in 2006, including the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2006 in Germany. She continued with Fastrax Blue and competed again in 4-way Women at the world meet in Maubeuge 2008, then again with Spaceland Blue in Menzelinsk 2010.

The other three Phoenix XP members in Eloy (Christine Bruchac, Lauren Byrd, Megan George) competed together for Phoenix XP at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia. Germany's Skynamite need a strong performance to win the bronze medals...


FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women 13,11,16 P,22,4 O,7,21 9,20,G 18,15,L K,10,3 6,14,C 1,M,A,17 F,D,Q,8 2,5,E B,N,12,H Total Avg
1 Aerodyne Weembi Girls  FR  17    19    25    20    20    19    -    -    -    -    -    120 20.0
2 NFTO  UK  17    17    23    19 -1 17    17    -    -    -    -    -    110 18.3
3 Phoenix XP  US  13    13    17    14    13    -    -    -    -    -    -    70 14.0
3 Skynamite  DE  13    12    18    16    11 -2 13    -    -    -    -    -    83 13.8
5 Fly Girls  US  11    11    15 -1 14    11    12    -    -    -    -    -    74 12.3
6 Victorious Secret  US  9    11 -1 14    10    11    11    -    -    -    -    -    66 11.0
7 Alola  UK  9 -1 10 -2 13    10 -1 9 -1 9 -1 -    -    -    -    -    60 10.0
Video Footage Courtesy of FAI/IPC/OmniSkore!HD
FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way VFS 13,11,16 P,22,4 O,7,21 9,20,G 18,15,L K,10,3 6,14,C 1,M,A,17 F,D,Q,8 2,5,E B,N,12,H Total Avg
1 SDC Core  US  21 21 22 15 12 17 17 20 23 - - 168 18.7
2 Vertical Flystation  RU  18 18 21 13 15 16 18 15 20 - - 154 17.1
3 Arizona X-Force  US  18 20 18 13 14 17 13 16 16 - - 145 16.1
4 Blue Pelican  NO  17 16 16 14 10 14 13 12 14 - - 126 14.0
5 Arizona Anthem  US  13 13 14 10 10 16 14 14 14 - - 118 13.1
6 Kwansta Kwattro  SE  14 12 13 10 10 12 12 11 9 - - 103 11.4
Video Footage Courtesy of FAI/IPC/OmniSkore!HD
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