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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
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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
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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...