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The latest visit of the NSL News came shortly after the NSL Live Talk with Qatar coaches Gary Smith and Jeremie Rollett, together with Golden Knights team captain and SDC Rhythm XP member Andrew Starr, on February 5th.
The Golden Knights had just arrived for their own winter training camp at Skydive City, and Andrew Starr joined the conversation with Gary Smith and Jeremie Rollett at the end of the first training day. The topics were not related much to the U.S. Army team, even though Andrew Starr mentioned that his 8-way team is approaching training and competition in different ways this year, and in the near future.
He said that he would be glad to elaborate more on the special topic, and the NSL News scheduled a new NSL Live Talk meeting for February 10th. This time, Golden Knights members Jennifer Davidson and Jeshua Stahler joined the conversation, as they play important roles in the new Golden Knights plans.
Jeshua "Jesse" Stahler is only one title behind Drew Starr. He won his first 8-way gold medal in Prostejov 2014 and defended the title successfully in Ottawa 2016, then again in Australia 2018. He was actually not in the Golden Knights 8-way lineup of 2017 and 2018, after he had switched to 4-way VFS for the new U.S. Army team in this event.
However, Drew Starr called him back to 8-way action on a shorter call when team member Larry Miller left the team in the world meet season. Jesse Stahler stepped into a different 8-way slot quickly and helped to save the U.S. 8-way gold medals that year.
His VFS team mate Reese Pendleton joined Jesse Stahler in the new 8-way lineup this year and has become one of the five new members after Australia 2018, including videographer Andy Sippl.
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Jennifer Davidson then won the 8-way gold medal in Australia 2018, together with her husband Matt Davidson, who is now her 8-way opponent as a member of Airspeed XP8. Jennifer Davidson became the second female Formation Skydiving competitor, after Eliana Rodriguez, with outdoor gold medals in 4-way Women and 8-way. Christine Malnis, Sophia Pecout and Clementine Le Bohec of the current French national 8-way team will try to copy the same achievement this year.
Jennifer Davidson, Andrew Starr and Jeshua Stahler are also 4-way team mates for the Golden Knights Gold lineup. Nik Grimm is completing their lineup. Jennifer Davidson could copy Eliana Rodriguez' unique triple-gold achievement (8-way, 4-way Women, 4-way Open) if the Golden Knights get to the 4-way top spot in the United States.
It's not going to happen any time soon, as the Golden Knights priority is on 8-way, even though their new approach to 8-way training and competition includes a 4-way portion. Jen Davidson and Jesse Stahler explained more of the training plan during the NSL Live Talk.