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Did You Know...

... that Tanay 8 will need their alternate for a little while?

Broken leg: Andrey Barabash
posted Feb 11th, 2020 - Bad news came from Russia in January. The Tanay 8-way team was in winter training at Skydive Dubai, the place where they are preparing for this year's FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving in August.

Team member Andrey Barabash, founder and sponsor of the 8-way team, who is also the President of the Russian Skydiving Federation and host of the world meet at Skydive Tanay, broke his leg in one of the training jumps while landing his parachute.

It's a very unfortunate timing - if there is anything like a fortunate timing for an injury. His Russian 8-way team has been on the way to bringing back new FAI 8-way gold medals and the William H. Ottley Sword for Formation Skydiving Competition, also known as the Excalibur, to Russia. The injury will keep the complete Tanay lineup at least from outdoor training for a little while.

Andrey Barabash has the most experienced alternate in Formation Skydiving history on his 8-way bench, and Alexey Minaev was able to step in right away to continue with the training camp. However, Andrey Barabash will have to decide how to move on with his Tanay 8-way team until Round 1 at the world meet. The original plan has to be altered.


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 -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

8-way top spot: Tanay 8 at the FAI World Cup 2019
The 8-way situation has been very promising for the Russian team. Andrey Barabash began selecting his 8-way lineup carefully in 2013. Two of the early members (Valentin Ilin, Alexander Tychinskiy) are still in his current lineup, which was complete when Vladimir Pavlenko joined at the beginning of the 2017 season.

The final Tanay 8 lineup won silver medals at the FAI World Cup 2017, and confirmed the 2nd place a year later at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia.

Another year later, Tanay 8 turned the silver medals into gold at the FAI World Cup 2019. They had first won the 8-way competition as a guest team at the USPA Nationals 2019, where they defeated Paraclete XP8 and Golden Knights both. Then they traveled to Eloy and also left the new French 8-way team behind.

Andrey Barabash made new plans for Tanay 8 and coach Craig Girard for the world meet season, which were on the same intensity level as in 2019.


FAI World Meet 2003
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open 1,11,12 M,J,E,10 K,16,6 13,14,5 D,22,4 9,C,Q,N F,19,21 2,20,L 18,B,3 8,P,7 G,O,17,H Total Avg
1 Russia  RU  23 19 24 16 26 21 19 18 21 15 19 202 20.2
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  23 19 24 17 23 20 19 17 24 16 19 202 20.2
3 Maubeuge  FR  25 17 21 13 25 20 16 16 24 16 - 193 19.3
4 Ex3mo  IT  15 14 19 12 15 14 13 12 17 13 - 144 14.4
5 VNE  UK  11 14 18 11 13 14 14 12 16 - - 123 13.7
6 Australia  AU  16 14 16 11 13 11 14 8 15 - - 118 13.1
7 Germany  DE  14 12 11 8 12 10 10 9 12 - - 98 10.9
8 Austria  AT  0 5 7 6 7 5 7 4 8 - - 49 5.4

Observing carefully: Alexey Minaev at the USPA Nationals 2019
Paraclete XP8 made a few adjustments in the lineup and continued with Niklas Hemlin and Mikhail Markine for Airspeed XP8. The French 8-way team learned in Eloy, as well, that their focus on 8-way training and competition was really necessary to keep up with the Russian efforts.

Airspeed XP8 and France both have been in 8-way training ever since, parallel to Tanay 8 with the same lineup going into their 4th year. Andrey Barabash's recent injury is now an unexpected obstacle that will make it more difficult for Tanay 8 to defend the world's 8-way top spot successfully on home turf in August.

Airspeed XP8 and France will not slow down, while Andrey Barabash is recovering. Alexey Minaev, Russian 8-way world champion of 2001 and 2003, can surely fill the slot sufficiently until Andrey Barabash is back and ready for 8-way outdoor action.

Alexey Minaev will have an active reunion with his 8-way world champion team mates of 2001 and 2003 in the meantime. He and Vladimir Pavlenko, Vasily Korotkov and Evgeny Stashchenko won the 8-way gold medals together in 2001. Tanay 8 member Dmitry Samokhval was also in the golden lineup of 2003.

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