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Did You Know...

... that the 8-way competition at the Shamrock Showdown could become a historic event?

Golden Knights and Russia at the Shamrock Showdown 2012
posted Jan 10th, 2020 - It is time to take a closer look at the Shamrock Showdown 2020, especially at the 8-way event, even though there are still more than two months until Round 1 at Skydive City on March 20th.

The Shamrock previews have usually been covering the 4-way competition. There were a few events in the past where 8-way teams used the Shamrock opportunity for an early competition test, while 4-way has always been the main event.

There will once again be world class 4-way competition at this year's event, as SDC Rhythm XP, Qatar Tigers and both French national 4-way teams have the Shamrock Showdown 2020 on their meet agenda. Yet the 8-way competition seems to be stealing the prime attention for the first time in the Shamrock history.

It could become a historic event with the combined scores of the five 8-way teams on an unprecedented level. It's not only the three 8-way medal winners of the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019 coming together for a re-match after the nerve-wrecking 10-round thriller at Skydive Arizona in October last year. The Qatar Falcons will have their own 8-way word, and the name Golden Knights speaks its own language.


Shamrock Showdown 2020
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open - NSL Power Rankings TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 Tanay 8  RU  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1 Aerodyne Cypres Hauts de France  FR  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1 Airspeed XP8  US  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Qatar Falcons  QA  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Golden Knights  US  - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Qatar Falcons training at Skydive City
The expected placements in March 2020 seem to be just as open as they were before last year's world cup in Eloy, and the scores will most likely be on a significantly higher level. All five teams will have trained a lot more in preparation for the FAI World Meet 2020 in Tanay and for the USPA Nationals a few months after the trip to Russia.

The teams in the two top spots at the world cup, Russia and France, will come back with exactly the same lineups, while Airspeed XP8 had a few personnel changes to strengthen the team, as the NSL News reported on 3 December 2019. The 8-way competition at the Shamrock Showdown will be the first outdoor meet for the new lineup and define the situation five months before the next battle with Russia and France for FAI medals in Tanay.

The Qatar Falcons will surely be on a significantly higher performance and scoring level compared to their last outdoor competition in Eloy after intensive winter and spring training. In fact, they will be back for more outdoor training at Skydive City at the end of January.

The same counts for the Golden Knights. Team captain Andrew Starr has been in training with the 2020 lineup, which is slightly different than last year.


FAI 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 20 24 20 16  207 20.7
2 France  FR  20 24 18 19 21 22 19 23 19 17  202 20.2
3 Paraclete XP8  US  21 24 16 18 21 20 19 22 19 18  198 19.8
4 Arizona Airspeed  US  18 21 16 18 16 21 17 17 16 14  174 17.4
5 Qatar Falcons  QA  16 20 14 13 17 12 15 19 15 14 155 15.5
6 Airbus  DE  14 15 12 15 15 15 12 15 14 12 139 13.9
7 Monster  US  12 13 10 12 14 13 12 15 11 10  122 12.2
8 Amphibious Attack Tigers  US  11 16 10 11 9 13 14 10 13 11  118 11.8
9 Groomed  UK  7 9 8 9 10 7 8 10 13 7 88 8.8
Tanay 8 - France - Paraclete XP8 at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
8-way awards at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
There will be double-duties at the Shamrock Showdown, just as it happens at FAI world meets and world cups. As planned, the French delegation will split up the 8-way team into the two national 4-way teams in 4-way Open and 4-way Women. The logistics of the Shamrock Showdown separate both events the same way as at world meets and world cups.

However, Airspeed XP8 and Tanay 8 both focus only on their main events and stay away from 4-way competition, as well as the Qatar Falcons who don't compete in 4-way at any time. Airspeed XP8 and Tanay 8 both have team members who are also 4-way experts.

Golden Knights team captain Andrew Starr will copy the French double-duty situation, as he recently joined SDC Rhythm XP until the FAI World Meet 2020. The 4-way competition at the Shamrock Showdown between SDC Rhythm XP, Qatar Tigers and the two French teams will also be a preview of the battle for medals at the FAI World Meet 2020 where they will most likely compete for the top positions.

The Shamrock Showdown is open for any 4-way and 8-way teams who would like to witness a historic 8-way competition and compete side-by-side with the best teams in the world...

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