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Did You Know...

... that three former 4-way juniors could meet at the next outdoor world meet?

Air Devils at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
posted Jul 9th, 2020 - The first outdoor competition for HF Cubs member Sabina Cioleková last weekend brought back one of the most interesting topics that the NSL News has been covering regularly for several years: the 4-way juniors.

Sabina Cioleková was actually not the first 4-way junior who started with the sport in this indoor category and then continued with AFF and outdoor training and competition. Sabina Cioleková competed directly with Canadian 4-way junior Yannick Bisson when both were still young enough.

Yannick Bisson was a member of the Canadian Air Devils at the same time in 2015 when Sabina Cioleková started as an original HF Cubs member. Then they met each other at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2016 at Flyspot in Poland, where the Canadian junior team won the FAI gold medals.

A year later, both teams were back for the FAI Indoor World Meet 2017 in Yannick Bisson's home chamber in Montreal. The French Aerokart Ak'demie team won over the Air Devils, and the HF Cubs placed 3rd. The Canadian junior team came back for one more rematch a year later at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018 and won in Bahrain.


FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Junior 20,4 14,11 H,2,8 22,P,6 A,15,Q N,E,M,F G,K,O,J 19,9 Total Avg
1 Air Devils  CA  21 -1 18 -2 21 -2 23 -4 34    52    45    27 -1  241 30.1
2 Aerokart Ak'demie 2  FR  21 -2 19 -2 20 -4 21 -5 34    44 -4 43 -3 23 -3  225 28.1
3 HF Cubs  CZ  18 -3 14 -5 20 -2 22 -3 24 -5 54 -3 40 -2 26 -2  218 27.3
4 Aerokart Ak'demie 3  FR  16 -1 14 -3 17 -1 20    20 -2 30 -6 27 -6 21 -1  165 20.6

Air Devils and HF Cubs at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
HF Cubs at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
Yannick Bisson had already launched his outdoor skydiving career when he was still competing in 4-way junior. He was 16 years of age when he attended his first outdoor competition, as the NSL News reported on 24 July 2017. The Air Devils did not continue after the indoor world cup in 2018, and Yannick Bisson became a 4Astrophe member, the Bisson family team that competes indoors and outdoors.

Sabina Cioleková continued with the HF Cubs and won the 4-way junior gold medals at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019 with the highest average (30.3) in 4-way junior history. As a team, the HF Cubs then moved up to 4-way Women and began with their AFF training for outdoor skydiving at the same time. Sabina Cioleková attended her first outdoor meet last weekend.

Yannick Bisson had continued with outdoor training and competition in Canada while Sabina Cioleková spent two more years with her team in flying chambers. 4Astrophe eventually won the national championships last year when Yannick Bisson was 18 years of age. His sister Valerie Bisson, former member of the Canadian national team in 4-way Women, Fuzion, had joined her father Richard and brother Yannick, and 4Astrophe posted a 14.8 winning average at the national championship. 4Astrophe began with planning for the FAI Mondial 2020, and for the FAI Indoor World Cup in Belgium, as well, before the corona virus crisis changed all plans.


Canadian Nationals 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class P,M,O,22 13,D,9 6,A,16 L,5,14 1,15,3 12,E,7 Q,2,11 10,H,21 18,B,8 Total Avg
1 4Astrophe 19 17 16 14 10 13 14 15 15 133 14.8
2 Altitude 15 13 11 6 9 9 9 7 10 89 9.9
3 Spectra 9 6 4 6 4 6 7 4 6 52 5.8

Pro Team at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
Sabina Cioleková and Yannick Bisson could meet again if both teams decide to attend the rescheduled FAI Indoor World Cup in April 2021. They would not be in the same category this time. The HF Cubs will be eligible for the 4-way Women competition, while 4Astrophe would compete in 4-way Open. They could still compare their scores, as both categories apply the same competition draw.

They could also be in the same situation at the FAI Mondial 2020 in Tanay next year if all HF Cubs members complete their AFF student training early enough and have some time left for sufficient 4-way training.

In Belgium and then in Russia next year, Sabina Cioleková and Yannick Bisson would meet the third 4-way junior who actually never competed in this category. Kalle Pohjola competed with Finland's Pro Team when he was in 4-way junior age. He met Sabina Cioleková and the HF Cubs once at the World Challenge 2016, where both teams competed in the A Class.

As Yannick Bisson does with 4Astrophe, Kalle Pohjola is now training and competing with his father Kimmo Pohjola in the Pro Team lineup. He collected his first international outdoor competition experiences at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019. The Pro Team plans to compete in Tanay next year, as well, and all three former 4-way juniors could meet at the same place and the same time for outdoor competition...


FAI World Cup 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-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 Arizona Airspeed  US  20 -1 22    28    29    21    21 -1 21 -2 29    31 -2 24 -2  246 24.6
2 SDC Rhythm XP  US  19 -1 22    25    21 -2 20 -1 20    23    25    29 -1 24 -2  228 22.8
3 Airspeed Odyssey  US  14 -2 17 -2 22 -2 21 -2 18 -1 16 -3 21    23    26 -3 17 -2  195 19.5
4 Defiance  US  17    17    21 -1 22    16 -2 15 -2 21    20 -2 26    16 -2  191 19.1
5 Aerodyne Cypres Lille-Bondues  FR  15 -1 16    19    21    16 -1 17    18    22    25    21     190 19.0
6 Echochamber  SE  17    14 -3 22    20 -3 17    16 -1 19    20    23 -1 21     189 18.9
7 Chimera  UK  14 -1 16 -1 21    19 -1 17    16 -1 18 -1 22    26 -1 18 -1  187 18.7
8 Pro Team  FI  15 -1 18    20    17 -1 17    15    18    21    26    18 -1  185 18.5
9 Kinetix  AU  14 -1 17    19    19    15 -1 17    18    19    23 -1 16     177 17.7
10 China  CN  12 -1 17    19    17 -1 14 -1 13 -1 16    20    24    15 -1 167 16.7
11 Eros  UK  12 -2 16    20    18    15 -1 13 -2 12 -4 17 -1 22    16 -1  161 16.1
12 eX3MO  IT  13    13 -2 17 -2 13 -4 12 -1 14    13    16 -1 22 -2 14    147 14.7
13 Pajama Pumas  UK  10 -2 12    17    14 -1 13    12    15    16    15 -2 13     137 13.7

Pro Team at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
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