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Did You Know...

... that Norway had a new national team with national coach Lise Aune?

NSL News interview with Lise Nansen-Aune
posted Oct 14th, 2020 - The previously recorded and unpublished interviews from the NSL News archives concluded for the 2003 season with Jerome David on 29 December 2003. DeLand Norgies member Lise Nansen-Aune, triple bronze medalist of 1999, 2001 and 2003, was the first Formation Skydiving celebrity discussing topics at the beginning of the new year.

She had spent several years visiting Skydive DeLand in Florida mostly for training camps in the winter, and she eventually moved to DeLand. She attended her last world meet in 2003 in pregnancy and continued for a few more months and meets before taking a break from active skydiving. The NSL News met with her on 8 January 2004:

"The DeLand Norgies officially discontinued with the 4-way lineup that won the bronze medals at FAI World Championships of Formation Skydiving in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Lise Nansen-Aune was the center outside of the team with Pal Kolbenstvedt, Carl-Erik Tuv and Torstein Valen. The highest-scoring female competitor in the history of 4-way Formation Skydiving now continues her work with the Formation Skydiving competition in Norway. She was recently assigned as the Norwegian national coach. The NSL News asked her for an update about the current situation of Norwegian teams. The interview took place today at the NSL office in DeLand."


Nansen-Aune family a few months later...

NSL News interview with Lise Nansen-Aune on 8 January 2004


NSL NEWS: Lise, you look pregnant now, how much longer? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Seven weeks, I guess. NSL NEWS: How did it feel to skydive and compete at the world meet, the USPA Nationals and SkyQuest 2003 with the baby in your womb? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: I felt a little heavier, especially at the nationals and SkyQuest. The world meet was still easier. I did not feel pregnant by then. I was like four months pregnant in France. SkyQuest was funny since Eliana and Arianna had to wear so much weight, and I did not have to.

NSL NEWS: It seems as if the Norgies have been in the family building process. Carl-Erik had already a big family, you and Pal built families last year. Was this the main reason that the Norgies decided to discontinue? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Pal has been on the national team since 1991, Torstein, Carl-Erik and myself since 1994. We all felt the need for a change of focus in our lives. Torstein has not been a part of the family building. However, he has been busy in his new career as a pilot. Regardless of the family situation we had decided that 2003 would be the final year. We were actually done in 2001. But we had too much fun and could not quit. So we continued with less training for two more years. The fact that we had such a good time as a team is the main reason that we did the last two bonus years. It was a lot of fun.

NSL NEWS: The Norgies with the same lineup won the bronze medal in 1999, 2001 and 2003 at the world meets. Are you proud of these achievements for a small country? Or is it frustrating to win only the bronze medal every time? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Yes and yes. We were hoping for an upgrade in 2001 from the bronze medal. But it did not turn out that way. In 2003, we went to the world meet with the knowledge that we could win with eight perfect rounds. We still knew that the gold medal was not realistic with the little training in 2003. On the other hand, we were the most experienced team, and competition is competition.


Shamrock Showdown 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class F,K,17,7 D,P,12,9 H,B,M,4 15,2,13 J,C,16,1 21,22,O 20,18,3 8,14,E 19,10,11 Q,6,L,G Total Avg
1 DeLand Majik  US  25 25 25 18 23 20 17 19 17 24 213 21.3
2 Sinapsi PD  IT  26 22 26 17 19 20 15 18 16 25 204 20.4
3 Genesis  US  23 21 24 15 19 17 15 18 17 21 190 19.0
4 Sebastian Teiwaz AAA  US  20 17 19 13 16 14 12 14 11 18 154 15.4
4 Danez  DK  19 17 19 13 16 14 12 13 14 17 154 15.4
6 DeLand Mojo  US  16 14 17 11 15 13 9 13 11 15 134 13.4
7 Optic Kurves  US  14 15 16 12 15 13 6 13 9 16 129 12.9
8 V2  UK  14 15 16 10 14 11 - - - - 80 13.3
9 42  SE  14 13 17 11 12 12 - - - - 79 13.2
10 4 Motion  UK  12 11 9 9 7 7 - - - - 55 9.2
Rank A Class F,7 D,P,9 H,B,M 4,2 J,C,L 21,O G,A,N 8,E 19,K Q,6 Total Avg
1 4tunate  NL  12 11 13 8 6 9 10 9 9 3 90 9.0
2 FSC JAMMM  US  10 4 6 5 6 5 - - - - 36 6.0
Rank Rookie E,F,K B,D,P O,H,M E,J,C B,Q,L O,G,A Total Avg
1 Oestra Aera Majik  NO  18 15 15 14 14 13 - - - - 89 14.8
2 Harem  US  18 9 13 12 11 17 - - - - 80 13.3
3 SkyCruisers  US  15 12 16 15 11 10 - - - - 79 13.2
4 S... Happens  US  14 9 0 15 11 11 - - - - 60 10.0
5 Rookies  US  3 2 4 4 5 12 - - - - 30 5.0

NSL NEWS: Norway has been at the top of the world in 4-way or 8-way since 1991. How large will the gap be with your team not competing any longer for Norway? How long will it take until Norway will be back? Or will it ever be back? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: The goal is to build up a new team and to be on the podium in 4-way again in 2006.
Arcteryx with Lise Nansen-Aune at the April 2004 meet of the Florida Skydiving League
NSL NEWS: Who is in the new national team? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Alexander Gamme (Inside Center - 27), Oyvind Buer (Tail - 26), Ditta Valsdottir (Point - 31), Ole Petter Hjelle (Outside Center - 33), Morten Sondrol (camera). NSL NEWS: How were they selected? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: We had selections for one week in Norway in August 2003 where any Norwegian skydiver could attend. Then we had physical tests, interviews and technical skydiving. Then I had to make a decision and pick the team according to this information. We now have a 4-way national team and also a farm team, the Gonnabees, which consists of Tore Buer, Derek Broughton, Jens Arvei and Hakon Haukebo. The farm team members are all very young and hungry skydivers between 19 and 25 years of age.

NSL NEWS: Is there any qualification event for the national team, or do you simply have the authority to assign a team with selected members as the national team? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: We have selections every other year. It is not given that these guys will always be on the national team. Norway selects single team members for the national team, not a complete team. Other than that, they do not have to win a meet, even not the national championship. They still have to attend the nationals though.

NSL NEWS: What is the competitive history of the new team members? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Ole Petter was the Norwegian Marathon champion in 1996. In skydiving he was on the player/coach team Punky Fish with Shannon Pilcher and me in 2002 and 2003. He was the Norgies' alternate last year. Ditta was a competitive and successful volleyball player in Iceland before she joined the Norgie Girls. Her team won the silver medals at the world meets in 2001 and 2003 in the 4-way Women event. Aleksander recently climbed a 22,000 ft. mountain in Nepal and competed with the Norgie Rookies. He was the alternate for my team in 2001 and 2002. Oyvind is a climber, as well, and won medals in 1999 and 2000. He is a low-experienced skydiving competitor and attended the FSL April meet in 2003 with the Wonnabees.


Florida Skydiving League April 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class D,19,Q,7 11,5,O G,L,P,C,1 N,3,B,17 K,F,1,15 6,A,18 Total Avg
1 Arcteryx  NO  18 13 17 17 15 14 94 15.7
2 Sebastian Teiwaz AAA  US  15 15 14 16 12 14 86 14.3
3 Vitesse  DK  14 11 16 14 14 11 80 13.3
4 Air4s  DK  12 8 14 11 10 9 64 10.7
5 Windline Lightning  US  11 8 8 9 9 9 54 9.0
Rank A Class D,19 4,7 G,L,P N,9 K,F,8 6,A Total Avg
1 FSC JAMMM  US  5 3 6 8 7 7 36 6.0
Rank Rookie E,D,Q B,G,L O,P,C E,N,K B,F,A O,H,M Total Avg
1 Captain Karlsen's Crew  NO  11 10 10 11 17 12 71 11.8

Norwegian farm team at the April 2004 meet of the Florida Skydiving League
NSL NEWS: How much training does the training plan include until the medal position in 2006? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: The plan includes 850 jumps this year, then 1000 per year in 2005 and also in 2006. NSL NEWS: What else will the new national coach do with the team to bring it back to the top? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: We have a physical training plan for each team member. Together with the team members and the "Olympia Toppen", the top athletic center in Norway, we have set some goals for strength, VO2 Max (maximum oxygen consumption measured on a tread mill), as well as flexibility. We set some specific goals for what they should achieve in order to become a top athlete. They are already working on that. Mental training and windtunnel training are other crucial parts of the program. This all means that they follow the same program we already applied. It is long-term hard work and no magic portions.

NSL NEWS: How much does the farm team train? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: The farm team made 80 jumps in DeLand in November 2003. They will add another 100-120 jumps in March. Then they will spend the rest of the season in Norway. NSL NEWS: Let's talk about numbers, which are probably a part of the plan. What will the national team put on the scoreboard this year and next year and in 2006, how about the farm team? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: We have not talked about numbers yet. NSL NEWS: When will they attend the first competition? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: It will be the Florida Skydiving League 2004 meet in April for the national team.

NSL NEWS: How is the financial support for the team members? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: They have a foundation from the Norwegian Air Sports Federation, which is the equivalent of USPA in the USA. They get a certain amount of money from there. They have to pay the rest by themselves. We have a team member contribution that each member has to pay per year, as well.


FAI World Meet 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open B,P,C,18 9,15,16 K,11,19 E,F,7,5 A,J,21,12 6,4,10 17,Q,L,1 H,14,3 13,22,O N,M,D,2 Total Avg
1 DeLand Majik  US  29 23 17 30 18 19 27 21 19 24 227 22.7
2 Maubeuge  FR  28 22 18 30 17 19 23 20 18 24 219 21.9
3 Sky Panthers  RU  24 21 19 25 22 15 28 19 16 22 211 21.1
4 Sinapsi PD  IT  22 21 20 28 21 18 23 19 16 22 210 21.0
5 EADS  DE  20 18 17 24 17 16 19 17 16 19 183 18.3
6 HayaBusa  BE  21 17 17 21 11 16 20 17 17 21 178 17.8
7 Endeavour  CH  16 17 14 19 16 13 19 14 14 - 142 15.8
7 Arcteryx  NO  19 14 15 21 15 13 17 15 13 - 142 15.8
9 Danez  DK  17 16 13 21 11 15 19 15 14 - 141 15.7
10 Spain  ES  19 16 15 21 15 11 16 12 14 - 139 15.4
11 Voodoo  UK  15 14 14 19 15 13 14 12 - - 116 14.5
12 VNE  UK  15 15 13 18 15 11 14 13 - - 114 14.3
13 Australia  AU  11 15 13 18 15 13 14 13 - - 112 14.0
14 Stratosfear  CA  15 14 12 17 13 12 16 12 - - 111 13.9
15 R-Fource  NL  16 14 13 17 11 10 14 12 - - 107 13.4
15 Matrix  AT  13 14 13 18 13 13 11 12 - - 107 13.4
17 New Zealand  NZ  15 14 12 14 13 11 15 12 - - 106 13.3
18 Croatia  HR  16 11 12 16 13 11 9 10 - - 98 12.3
19 Slovenia  SI  14 11 10 12 10 9 9 10 - - 85 10.6
20 Kazakhstan  KZ  5 5 0 6 4 6 5 4 - - 35 4.4
21 Iceland  IS  2 1 1 3 1 2 4 1 - - 15 1.9

Lise Nansen-Aune with Arcteryx at the FAI World Meet 2004
NSL NEWS: How much is that? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: It varies. You pay a lot in the beginning, and the amount decreases with your time on the team. The rest of the budget comes through sponsorships, skills camps, etc. organized by the team, including the coach. NSL NEWS: How much of the budget is covered by the federation? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Approx. 30 %.

NSL NEWS: How much time do the team members have to commit to the project? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: 20 weeks of training, competition in 2004, excluding skills camps. NSL NEWS: Do any of the team members still have a normal job, and/or wife and kids? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: They all have jobs outside of skydiving but no families. NSL NEWS: What are they doing? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Their jobs allow them a flexible schedule. Ole Petter is a medical doctor. Oyvind works as a school teacher. Aleks studies and works as a journalist. Ditta is a sports physiologist.

NSL NEWS: How is your official position with the federation? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: I am the team manager, which is a 25% administrative position. That is just to organize the team, the financial budgets, and team management, organizing skills camps. I am also the head coach for the national team. The team provides the coaching job; the team manager position is related to the federation.

NSL NEWS: Does this make a full-time job? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: No. NSL NEWS: Have you officially moved to DeLand? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: Yes. NSL NEWS: How does the federation work with the national coach living in Florida? LISE NANSEN-AUNE: There is no need to live in Norway to do the job. It is actually more convenient to live here where all the action is and where you get first-hand information of the competition world. The team trains in DeLand, as well. The communication with the federation can easily be done electronically.

NSL NEWS: Lise, welcome to DeLand, happy mother and family days, thank you for your time.

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