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The DeLand Norgies, FAI bronze medalists of 2001, were also a part of the same 4-way history, which was presented by interviews with some of the team members that had not been published earlier.
There is a missing piece of this time period though, which is partially covered in Jerome David's NSL Profile. It is the French national 4-way team that was rebuilt by coach Jerome David after winning the 4-way gold medals at the FAI World Meet 1999.
The new lineup with three returning members (Marin Ferre, Davide Moy, videographer Laurent Pechberty) plus Julien Losantos and Erwan Pouliquen, had given Airspeed Vertical already a tough 2-point battle in 2001. The three medal winners (U.S.A. - France - Norway) then continued for two more years with exactly the same lineups.
FAI World Meet 2001
|Rank||4-way Open Top 10||8,19,24||A,L,22,H||E,10,D,11||21,6,4||B,18,C,14||G,5,20||2,1,16||M,K,12,9||15,23,P||O,17,Q,N||Total||Avg|
Airspeed Vertical tried again in 2001 and won 4-way gold by two points over the new French lineup, while Airspeed's 8-way team placed 2nd behind Russia. Arizona Airspeed has never tried again to win double-gold ever since.
France was new to the same challenging goal before Jerome David thought that he had the right combination of talent and experience beginning in 2002. He had his new and strong 4-way team (Marin Ferre, Davide Moy, Julien Losantos, Erwan Pouliquen) and recruited Paul Grisoni, Martial Ferre, Eddy Bens and Manu Sarrazin for the 8-way lineup.
The new French 4-way team was showing at the Valentine's Meet 2002 that they were not far behind the reigning 4-way world champions on their home turf at Skydive Arizona. They followed up later in France with a new 4-way world record for a single round (42-pointer for B-F-L-A-N) and were on even level (221) with DeLand Majik (224) Airspeed Vertical (222) at the FAI World Cup. The new French 8-way team won in Spain, and Jerome David seemed to be on track with his double-gold goal.
Valentine's Meet 2002
|3||Golden Knights Gold||US||20||19||19||18||22||23||24||16||17||21||199||19.9|
|5||Golden Knights Black||US||15||-1||15||12||12||15||16||-1||15||-1||12||14||13||-3||139||13.9|
A year later, on French home turf in Gap, the 4-way team lived up to all expectations and took back to France the William H. Ottley Sword for 4-way Formation Skydiving competition, also known as the Excalibur, with a 15-point victory.
However, the opposition in 8-way was much stronger than probably expected. The FAI World Cup 2002 had not brought the two strongest 8-way opponents to Spain. The French 8-way team won the competition over different teams from the United States and Russia. Neither Golden Knights nor Majik Airspeed would compete in 2003, and Russia came with a much stronger lineup to Gap a year later.
France ended up in 3rd place, and the first French double-gold challenge had failed. National coach Jerome David tried again in 2008 and missed by one single point in 4-way this time, after winning the 8-way gold with the complete 4-way lineup in the 8-way team. Eventually he won all four Formation Skydiving events (4-way Open, 4-way Women, 8-way Open, VFS) in Menzelinsk 2010, where Mathieu Bernier became the one and only competitor in history with gold medals in both events at the same world meet. Jerome David retired as the national coach after the French FS Sweep, and Mathieu Bernier is currently trying to win double-gold in 8-way and 4-way Women in the same position as Jerome David.
FAI World Meet 2003