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The first complications were obvious when SDC Rhythm XP defeated Arizona Airspeed in 4-way Open and qualified as the national team for Tanay 2020. Two Rhythm members, Steve Lefkowitz and Andrew Happick, had also trained and competed with Paraclete XP8 and won their second gold medals in 8-way.
According to the results at the USPA Nationals, Steve Lefkowitz and Andrew Happick would compete in 4-way and 8-way next year in Russia. The impact of double duties at the major FAI events has been discussed comprehensively, and the difficulties are well known. SDC Rhythm XP still began to make their double-duty plans after the national championship.
The results of the FAI World Cup in Eloy did not make it much easier for the two U.S. teams. NMP PCH HayaBusa had shown in Raeford that the top spot in 4-way Open is very far away for any other teams, and even the 2nd place in the world does not seem to be easy to win. At least the Qatar Tigers are ready to make it a battle for any other medals behind the top spot.
USPA Nationals 2019
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In addition, the new French 8-way lineup showed up with an impressive performance and pushed XP8 into the bronze medal position. The French national teams will have double duties in 8-way and 4-way Open/4-way Women in Tanay, as well. However, national coach Mathieu Bernier is not planning to compete for gold medals in 4-way Open, and he hopes that the double duties for the 4-way Women team will still produce gold medals in this event.
Mathieu Bernier and his teams are planning to defend the top position in 8-way and turn the silver of Eloy into gold in Tanay.
Paraclete XP8 and SDC Rhythm XP discussed the whole situation after the world cup and eventually came to the conclusion that there need to be some adjustments. The new plan was publicized at the end of October and before the first 8-way training camp.
FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
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Kirk Verner, John D'Annunzio, Brian Krause, Michelle Karamon and Jeana Billings continue with XP8, and the three Airspeed members of the 2019 lineup after Ari Perelman (Niklas Hemlin, Mikhail Markine, Matt Davidson) complete the 8-way lineup. Thiago Gomes had no plans to continue, neither in 4-way nor in 8-way.
Steve Lefkowitz and Andrew Happick will focus only on 4-way with SDC Rhythm XP, and there was no XP8 slot left any longer for Ranch 2nd Generation member Christopher Kuhlmann. He had joined the 8-way team after the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019 when JaNette Lefkowitz stepped back from 8-way training and competition.
There are no double duties any longer for the U.S. Formation Skydiving delegation, and the teams can now focus on their main events, which are challenging enough...