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It was a combination of the HF Cubs and three junior teams (HF Dragonflies, Rusalky, HF Invisible) who collected a total of 147 points together. Paraclete XP had two very strong teams (SDMW NEXT, XPG4) perform the two Open Class sequences (AAA/AA), and the HF Cubs still ran away with both highscores.
The HF Cubs benefit heavily from the time they have spent together in the 4-way junior categories, and they seem to be well prepared for the FAI Indoor World Cup in April, where they will compete in 4-way Women. SDMW NEXT and XPG4 have new lineups, who began with their training this year, and they need more time to get closer. XPG4 will probably become a direct opponent for the HF Cubs at international events if they qualify as the U.S. national team at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship.
Indoor Cloud League January 2020
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It will still be very difficult for any Czech 4-way Junior team to defend the world's top spot in this category successfully this year. The French Aerokart Ak'demie juniors are still eligible to compete in 4-way Junior, after finishing closely behind the HF Cubs at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019.
Half of the HF Cubs lineup would also still be eligible, however, the team decided to move up into the 4-way Women competition together. The Czech Flying Rebels may have to settle for the FAI silver medals at the indoor world cup this year and wait until the French juniors have grown out of this category.
They could also challenge them a year later at the next indoor world meet - if Aerokart Ak'demie will still be eligible. Another year of regular training will bring Dragonflies and Flying Rebels both probably back up to the gold medal level of the HF Cubs.
|iFLY SF Bay - January||AAA||AA||A||RRR||RR||R||Total|
|Lori Connor, Jim Hopf, Ethan DeLano, Jessica Lee||14||17||-||-||-||-||31|
|Sylvain Florand, Racheet Matai, Michael Stevens, Ethan DeLano||-||-||12||16||-||-||28|
|Lori Connor, Jim Hopf, Lauren Liddell, Jan Blaha||-||-||-||-||15||11||11|
|Johnny Paliani, Vikas Bagur, Ethan DeLano, Jessica Lee||-||-||-||-||17||-||17|
|iFLY SF Bay's Best of January||14||17||12||16||17||11||87|
However, HF Cubs and XPG4 will most likely be top contenders in 4-way Women in 2021. The Czech team will try to do something that has not happened in the past. They could turn their 4-way Junior gold medals of 2019 into 4-way Women gold two years later. The French, British and U.S. teams will have their own words about that, while it seems to be a fact that there will be at least a new top contender in 4-way Women.
HF Cubs will already collect their first experiences as a direct opponent for the best 4-way Women teams at the indoor world cup in April. NFTO and Nephtys Weembi have been the world's top teams in 4-way Women, and they will try to keep the HF Cubs at bay as much as they can.
XPG4 performed the January sequences with Morgan Womble in the lineup. Team mate Irina Meshcheryakova's name can be found in iFLY Seattle's AAA Class lineup that she guided as player-coach in January. She lives in Seattle and travels to the XPG4 training camps.
|iFLY Seattle - January||AAA||AA||A||RRR||RR||R||Total|
|Samantha D'Andrea, Bill Selig, Randy Barbee, Irina Meshcheryakova||14||14||-||-||-||-||28|
|Slavko Pesic, Nat Mote, Gary Dutton, Denis Pershakov||-||-||8||-||-||-||8|
|Michael Bess, Lisa Orchard, Art Nepute, Steve Platt||-||-||-||9||-||-||9|
|Casey Chen, Chenglong Wang, Dave Correia, Bill Selig||-||-||-||-||26||22||47|
|iFLY Seattle's Best of January||14||14||8||9||25||22||92|