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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."
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
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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
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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
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.