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The team career began with a 26.6 average and a 7th place at the World Challenge 2017 and a 3rd place with a 30.9 average at the same event in 2019.
IFS Moscow still have not competed yet for Russia at an indoor world meet. Black Cat represented Russia in Montreal 2017 and at Weemi Lille in 2019, after winning the qualifying Russian national indoor championships.
This now changed just a few weeks ago when IFS Moscow won the Russian Indoor Nationals and will compete at the next indoor world meet.
Black Cat did not compete in Moscow this year, however, this year's national indoor championships were everything but a walk in the park for the the winning team. Even the 30.8 average after ten rounds was still challenged by a new top contender, the military team of the Russian Air Force.
Russian Indoor Nationals 2020
IFS Moscow was somehow in the same situation, as original member Dmitry Samokhval had to drop out of the 4-way team for now, as well, and focus only on 8-way training and competition.
Alena Chistova replaced Dmitry Samokhval after the Wind Games 2020, and the new lineup had begun with preparation for the FAI Indoor World Cup 2020. The event was canceled due to the corona virus pandemic, and Alena Chistova left the team in August.
Eventually, both teams found a combination that worked on both sides. Alexander Golovkin had competed for Black Cat at Weembi Lille last year, and he was without a team when the Black Cat members turned to 8-way. He replaced Dmitry Samokhval and Alena Chistova for IFS Moscow, won his Russian indoor gold medal and would compete again at the next indoor world meet.
Covid Cup 2020
The world-class average in Moscow was still just barely enough to fend off the VDV challengers. The Air Force team had finished in 3rd place at last year's indoor championships with a 23.9 average. IFS Moscow member Egor Gusev explained that the team spent around three hours per week with coach Georgiy Miroshnichenko in their military wind-tunnel.
Georgiy Miroshnichenko is a top competitor himself and finished in 3rd place with Russian Thunder. The VDV lineup now outscored their coach at the nationaL indoor championships.
IFS Moscow attended a warm-up meet eight weeks before the national championships. They won easily over Russian Thunder at that time. However, the winning 28.8 performance might have not been enough to win the national indoor title...