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Thomas Spielvogel started with the German national team of 1989, Moebel Kruegel, and continued with Daedalus. He did not miss a world meet until 2006. Paratec-Saar eventually replaced EADS on the top of German 4-way leaderboards and at world meets, while Thomas Spielvogel switched to 8-way competition with EADS.
His last year in the annual battles for the 4-way top spot was the 2012 season. It was the year when Thomas Mack joined the EADS/Airbus lineup. Thomas Mack's own team, Final Four, had climbed to the runner-up position year by year and discontinued after the 2nd place at the German Nationals 2011.
Thomas Mack was far from being done with 4-way training and competition and had a re-start with EADS/Airbus. In fact, he became Thomas Spielvogel's successor in keeping the EADS/Airbus lineup together. The team name finally changed to Airbus in 2014, after another EADS year with three of the returning team members (Olaf Biedermann, Thomas Mack, Goeran Meyer) and Andreas Troegele back on camera. Thomas Mack's former Final Four team mate Christian Schaefer had replaced Thomas Spielvogel.
German Nationals 2011
|2||Final Four DeLand||14||30||20||15||18||13||13||16||17||21||177||17.7|
|4||Mixed Fource Remscheid||12||31||20||15||18||13||13||13||13||20||168||16.8|
In the meantime, Oceanside AtomiX copied what Thomas Mack and Christian Schaefer had done with Final Four. They climbed up the German rankings and were finally prepared to challenge Airbus for the top spot.
The Airbus lineup changed in 2017, possibly as Airbus realized the new and unexpected AtomiX threat. Two members of the previous German national 4-way team Paratec-Saar (Markus Bastuck, Joern Thiele) joined forces with Thomas Mack and Goeran Meyer, and the new Airbus lineup was still with Andreas Troegele on camera, as well.
Airbus defended the top spot successfully in 2017 and competed for Germany at the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2018, Thomas Mack once again with double-duties in 4-way and 8-way. They had also defended the German 4-way title the same year with coach Solly Williams in the lineup.
German Nationals 2019
|6||NeVa FSZ Saar||19||14||15||-2||10||11||13||13||15||11||14||135||13.5|
|7||HorschD FSZ Saar||18||12||14||10||10||12||10||9||-2||11||11||117||11.7|
That was the right time for Oceanside AtomiX to strike. They defeated Airbus and won the German 4-way title for the first time in August 2019. This still did not discourage Thomas Mack and his new Airbus team mates Sarah Mertes and Alexander Prendinger from making new plans. Thomas Mack will miss the next world meet, the FAI Mondial 2020, where his 4-way team mate Alexander Prendinger competes with the Airbus 8-way team. Thomas Mack, Sarah Mertes and Alexander Prendinger decided to make new 4-way plans and find a 4th full team member instead of continuing with player-coaches. They announced their new Airbus member last week:
"It is a great pleasure for us to officially announce today who our new 4th team member is. It took a long time until we found the right person fitting for us. This team meeting, which we had last Sunday, clearly confirmed that now the right people have come together. Welcome to Airbus member Felix Pfeiffer."
Thomas Mack is back in the same situation as he was with Final Four in 2011. This time though, he starts from the runner-up position. The NSL News will soon follow up with an introduction of the new Airbus member.