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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
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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
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.