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The last NSL Live Talk with Andrew Starr was posted on May 10th. The situation had changed once again after the cancellation and rescheduling of the FAI Mondial Tanay 2020. He could not continue with his double duties between the Golden Knights and SDC Rhythm XP for an additional year and had to withdraw from his 4-way commitment to the U.S. national 4-way team for the next world meet.
The NSL News visited North Carolina this month for new updates from some of the best U.S. teams, which began with the first NSL Live Talk with the complete new Arizona Airspeed lineup on July 17th. Golden Knights team captain Andrew Starr was available when the NSL News came back to North Carolina a week later.
As many other Formation Skydiving competitors, Andrew Starr is a passionate golfer, and the next NSL Live Talk conversation took place at a different golf course in the area. He and his team mates have been working on individual skills with members of the Golden Knights Formation Skydiving team, and the Gold and Black lineups were back together in the Paraclete XP flying chamber the next day. The new video is showing both teams in training action.
He confirmed that the new strategy was still the same. Jeshua Stahler added later that the new approach also included more breaks and different methods in other areas, such as mental training and physical relaxation and preparation.
All 8-way members were actually in 4-way training the next day, and individual skills drills were a part of the same indoor training day.
Andrew Starr said that there has not been much 8-way training at all this year. It was not only the new training plan that kept the Golden Knights from doing more 8-way indoor and outdoor training. He explained that it is difficult to have all nine team members always available at the same time.
The U.S. Army team cannot reach out to any top competitor at any time to help out when injury or sickness is grounding a team member. 8-way training for the Golden Knights is only possible under perfect circumstances, and the chances of having the complete lineup together are half of a 4-way team, or even less.
Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2020
|2||SDC Rhythm XP||US||23||35||26||25||26||34||31||25||35||27||287||28.7|
|3||Golden Knights Gold||US||21||28||24||24||25||28||29||22||29||24||254||25.4|
|4||Skydive Midwest NEXT||US||17||24||20||23||21||29||24||20||27||19||224||22.4|
|8||Golden Knights Black||US||16||20||18||17||18||22||20||14||22||18||185||18.5|
|9||Air Force Apollo||US||15||18||14||17||17||20||18||14||22||14||169||16.9|
|10||Air Force Angels||US||13||18||16||15||15||22||17||15||19||15||165||16.5|
The French national 8-way team, silver medalist in Eloy last year, was facing a personnel change this year, when Clementine Praet decided not to continue with the French national teams in 8-way and 4-way Women.
The U.S. national 8-way team Airspeed XP8 have not had much training with the complete lineup yet. Matt Davidson, who joined XP8 together with his 2019 Airspeed team mates in 4-way, Niklas Hemlin and Mikhail Markine, had to step back after some indoor and outdoor training to get ready for his hip surgery.
Last and not least, Andrew Starr also had his own answers to the same question that the NSL News has asked the Formation Skydiving celebrities. Without knowing the follow-up topic of Round 1 he connected the need of competition practice and experience directly to the most challenging competition round...