226 Pecan Street
Deland FL 32724
tel: (386) 801-0804
© 2003 - 2020
All Rights Reserved
Last and not least, there was another even closer battle for silver medals in the 4-way Intermediate Class. Silver medalist Stockholm Syndrome carried a 1-point advantage over Carolina Ice XP barely over the finish line, and Spaceland Toxic in 4th place was only three points behind the 2nd place.
Platinum XP won with a dominating performance, even though the team had to overcome some serious obstacles throughout the whole year. Actually, the 2019 lineup (Jason Adams, Don Hurd, Matthias Kaminski, John D'Annunzio) completed only one meet together, the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship.
USPA Nationals 2019
|3||Carolina Ice XP||11||9||6||21||9||13||11||7||14||13||114||11.4|
|5||SDC Rheology XP||13||9||7||19||8||11||11||9||12||10||109||10.9|
|7||MWFF Mad Props||12||8||8||16||8||10||10||8||12||11||103||10.3|
|8||4 The Hard Way||10||8||6||21||9||10||9||7||10||12||102||10.2|
|13||Perris Bold & Beautiful||12||7||7||15||8||11||8||7||11||8||94||9.4|
|17||Perris Twirly Pants||9||6||7||11||5||9||9||7||13||7||83||8.3|
|18||Burble Me Softly||10||5||7||9||7||8||6||6||11||8||77||7.7|
|19||Post Exchange XP||8||7||7||12||7||4||5||6||10||7||73||7.3|
|22||Carolina Bootie Babes||8||5||4||12||6||6||7||5||7||6||66||6.6|
|24||Spaceland Toxic Thunder||6||4||3||11||4||5||6||5||9||9||62||6.2|
|25||Carolina Relative Humility XP||7||6||4||7||5||6||5||4||9||6||59||5.9|
|25||7 Foot 4-Way||5||6||5||9||3||7||6||4||9||5||59||5.9|
|28||DeLands Hit Show||7||3||1||7||5||8||1||5||7||5||49||4.9|
|29||Strangers in Flight||2||4||5||7||3||4||4||3||5||7||44||4.4|
|30||OS Quad Squad||4||4||3||6||5||5||4||1||5||5||42||4.2|
|31||Ranch Victorious Secrets||4||2||3||2||3||4||1||3||2||4||28||2.8|
Platinum XP founder Don Hurd and Jeana Billings even share parts of their 4-way history together, as they know each other from the days of the Southern Skydiving League.
They competed against each other regularly, after Jeana Billings had launched her 4-way career with Southern Mix. John D'Annunzio also had a player-coach position with both teams in the past, this year with Platinum XP.
Platinum XP won the Paraclete XP Summer Classic with a new team record average (13.4) and the NSL News pointed out on July 2nd that the team would be one of the top contenders for USPA medals this year.
Then Matthias Kaminski had to step back with a health issue shortly after the XP Summer Classic, and the next obstacle occurred when Don Hurd was injured right before the USPA Nationals. He had to withdraw, as well. Jeana Billings would not be available for the event, and Platinum XP had to find two substitutes with very little time before the competition.
The alternate lineup managed enough training to get familiar with each other, and they were then able to match Platinum XP's meet average at the Paraclete XP Summer Classic almost exactly. It was enough to win the gold medals without too much serious opposition.
Remarkably, all Top 5 teams had previous competition practice and experience this year. Platinum XP and Stockholm Syndrome both competed at the Paraclete XP Summer Classic, and the USPA silver medalists added an average-point to the scoring level in the three months between the two events. Carolina Ice XP completed ten rounds at Carolina Skydiving League events this year before winning the USPA bronze medals.
Spaceland Toxic attended the San Marcos Showdown of the Texas Skydiving League and missed the USPA bronze medals by two points. SDC Rheology XP posted a 9.3 average at the August meet of the Midwest Skydiving League and finished with 10.9 at the USPA Nationals. Competition practice and experiences obviously pay back - so go compete if there are blue skies...