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Did You Know...

... that the U.S. 2020 delegation has no double duties any longer?

Paraclete XP8 at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
posted Nov 14th, 2019 - The results of the USPA Nationals 2019 and then the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019 seem to have more impact on the U.S. Formation Skydiving delegation for the FAI World Meet 2020 than it may have looked like after both events were concluded.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open 13,16,20 C,B,M,D,1 N,Q,17,D 5,L,E,21 P,15,12 14,4,22 10,O,9 F,19,8 11,7,18 2,6,A Total Avg
1 Tanay 8 RU 20 23 23 19 26 21 17 16 -1 17 -1 19 201 20.1
2 XP8 US 19 -1 24 22 19 24 20 17 16 -1 17 -1 19 197 19.7
3 Golden Knights US 18 -1 23 17 -5 18 -1 24 19 -1 16 17 18 -1 19 189 18.9
4 Arizona Airspeed US 16 -2 21 21 17 18 -2 19 -1 16 15 15 -2 16 174 17.4
5 Amphibious Attack Tigers US 9 13 12 12 13 9 -1 10 11 8 -2 10 107 10.7
6 SDC Rhythm 9 XP US 12 10 -2 9 -3 10 -1 11 12 10 9 11 10 104 10.4
7 Monster Mix US 7 -4 10 9 9 9 -1 10 -1 9 9 8 9 89 8.9
8 Perris Riot! US 9 7 -2 8 8 8 -1 9 9 9 9 7 -1 83 8.3
9 Fusion XP US 7 8 -1 8 -1 9 -1 9 10 6 -1 7 7 -2 9 80 8.0
10 Lite 8 US 7 4 -2 6 6 4 -1 6 -1 6 4 5 7 55 5.5
Tanay 8 and Paraclete XP8 at the USPA Nationals 2019 - Video Footage Courtesy of USPA/OmniSkore!HD
Paraclete XP8 at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
The results of the FAI World Cup added to the complications for the U.S. teams, as the 8-way competition had its own dynamics, as well. Russia's Tanay 8-way team had defeated Paraclete XP8 and Golden Knights both at the USPA Nationals and defended the top spot successfully a few weeks later in Eloy.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open 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 Total Avg
1 Tanay 8 RU 19 26 18 20 23 21 -1 20 24 20 16 207 20.7
2 France FR 20 24 18 19 -1 21 22 -1 19 23 19 17 202 20.2
3 Paraclete XP8 US 21 -1 24 -1 16 -1 18 21 20 -2 19 22 -1 19 18 198 19.8
4 Arizona Airspeed US 18 21 16 18 16 -3 21 -1 17 17 -1 16 14 -1 174 17.4
5 Qatar Falcons QA 16 -1 20 -1 14 -1 13 -3 17 -1 12 -5 15 19 15 14 155 15.5
6 Airbus DE 14 -1 15 12 15 15 -1 15 12 -1 15 14 -1 12 139 13.9
7 Monster US 12 13 -1 10 -1 12 14 13 12 15 11 -1 10 122 12.2
8 Amphibious Attack Tigers US 11 16 10 11 9 -3 13 -1 14 10 -1 13 11 118 11.8
9 Groomed UK 7 -2 9 8 -1 9 10 7 8 -1 10 13 7 88 8.8
Tanay 8, France, Paraclete XP8 at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019 - Video Footage Courtesy of USPA/OmniSkore!HD
New Paraclete XP8 lineup for 2020
"The members of Paraclete XP8 would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank JaNette Lefkowitz, Steve Lefkowitz and Andrew Happick from SDC Rhythm XP for their support of the 2019 XP8 project. Without their support, we could not have achieved the goals that we outlined in the beginning of the indoor season. In order for the United States to field the very best teams in both categories both teams have agreed to focus on their specific event. With that being said, we would like to welcome Matt Davidson, Niklas Hemlin and Mikhail Markine from Arizona Airspeed to the USA 8 Way Team. Today marked the first day of 2019/2020 training that will take place with the full support of Skydive Arizona and Paraclete XP. Thank you soooo much Elliot Byrd for making the time to visit and VG today!"

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...

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