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There were also four U.S. 8-way teams at Skydive Arizona last week. They could not copy the unique success of the 4-way teams (Arizona Airspeed - SDC Rhythm XP - Airspeed Odyssey - Defiance). In fact, the visitors from other countries dominated the 8-way competition, with Russia's national team in 1st and France in 2nd place.
Paraclete XP8 took the bronze medals, and Airspeedish placed 4th. Monster and Amphibious Attack Tigers could leave only the British team Groomed behind and were not able to keep up with the well trained German national 8-way team, Airbus. The Qatar Falcons were out of reach for the two U.S. teams, as well as for the Germans.
The U.S. delegation could have had a stronger showing near the top of the leaderboard if the Golden Knights had attended the world cup, too. The U.S. Army team was not eligible, according to the USPA qualification rules, after missing the national championship in 2018.
FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
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Airspeed and SDC Rhythm XP both competed at the USPA Nationals 2018, and again last month at Skydive Paraclete. Rhythm won the U.S. 4-way title, and Airspeed had the opportunity for redemption at the world cup.
The Golden Knights finished only eight points behind XP8 in September and became stronger towards the end of the competition. In fact, they had the highest total for the three rounds on the second meet day and would have been in medal contention at the world cup, together with XP8.
SDC Rhythm 9 XP was in a similar situation. The 8-way team placed 4th at this year's USPA Nationals and would have qualified for a world cup slot. They outscored Monster, who eventually competed in Eloy after qualifying at last year's national championship.
SDC Rhythm 9 XP and Monster found their own way how to deal with the situation and merged the two lineups as much as the USPA rules allow. Coach Doug Barron, Brian Ball, Greg Oldendick joined the Monster lineup for the world cup.
USPA Nationals 2019
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Monster had finished behind the Amphibious Attack Tigers in 2018 and 2019, and they also got their re-match with the new and stronger lineup. Amphibious Attack Tigers had won by 24 points in 2018 and by 18 points at this year's USPA Nationals. This time, the new Monster lineup at the world cup won the U.S. duel by four points (122 - 118).
The 10.0 average at the USPA Nationals 2013 was Monster's highest result so far, and the 12.2 last week is the new team record number. Amphibious Attack Tigers finished with a higher average than at the USP Nationals in September, as well. However, the team is usually on a higher scoring level, and Monster found a weak AAT spot at the world cup.
The 2020 season has the world meet only for the national teams on the meet schedule. The next world cup with four teams per nation will take place in 2021.