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Gary Smith, Joey Jones and David Grauwels discussed the competition videos and touched a multitude of different topics when the scores were posted. One of the many topics was related to the ever-increasing scoring averages, which is caused by many factors.
Wind-tunnel training, professional athleticism and cross-training, healthy diets, body positions and flying techniques have offered a lot of room for improvement for the top competitors in Formation Skydiving competition and explain some of the progress.
Gary Smith, Joey Jones and David Grauwels eventually also elaborated on the block techniques in the current dive pool and began comparing recent performances with the ones that the top teams were showing at world meets long ago. It was specifically the FAI World Meet in Menzelinsk 2010 that they related to.
Gary Smith, Joey Jones and David Grauwels agreed that teams and competitors do not really move much faster today or apply more energy and force than they did a decade ago, or even earlier.
David Grauwels was still in NMP PCH HayaBusa's active lineup in 2010 and competed in Menzelinsk. The HayaBusa 2010 lineup (Waedong So, Roy Janssen, Andy and David Grauwels, Danny Jacobs on camera) finished in 4th place, and the new lineup with Dennis Praet for Waedong So needed four more years before winning their first world championship title in Prostejov 2014. Joey Jones was coaching NMP PCH HayaBusa in 2010. David Grauwels won two more gold medals in 2016 and 2018 before he moved to the camera position for his team.
Joey Jones and Gary Smith had won their own 4-way world championship title with DeLand Majik in 2004. Both teams, DeLand Majik and NMP PCH HayaBusa, have set new scoring standards at their times, and the reigning 4-way world champions from Belgium have been inching closer to the 30-average outdoor record level.
FAI World Meet 2018
|Rank||4-way Top 6||21,L,B,G||22,18,17||19,7,O||J,16,12||10,A,D,15||Q,M,F,C,N||H,20,P,13||6,14,11||E,2,5||4,1,3||Total||Avg|
NSL-TV videos of the world meets in 2010 and 2018 allow the audience to join the discussion. Arizona Airspeed's Odyssey lineup (Eliana Rodriguez, Craig Girard, Andy Delk, Mark Kirkby, with Steve Nowak on camera) competed for the U.S.A. in 2010, and Airspeed's 2018 lineup demonstrate the more recent flying and engineering techniques in 2018.
Julien Degen, Jeremie Rollett, Guillaume and Mathieu Bernier (Fabrice Rieu on camera) won the gold medals for France in 2010. Laurence Herve, Damien Gouriou, Kevin Mansion, Charles Rommel and David Ricard (Video) won bronze for France in 2018.
The NSL News audience have the opportunity to compare the competition videos and discuss the topic. Gary Smith, Joey Jones and David Grauwels indicated that they see significant differences in engineering and much more flexible continuity plans with more engineering options. The discussion of this topic will hopefully continue soon.
FAI World Meet 2010
|Rank||4-way Open Finalists||10,7,12||3,11,5||J,M,Q,P,L||19,1,13||N,18,20||K,17,8||2,15,H||4,D,6||O,E,9,G||22,B,16||Total||Avg|
|3||Sky Panthers Barkli||RU||19||21||56||21||19||21||23||22||41||21||264||26.4|
|4||NMP PCH HayaBusa||BE||21||21||55||20||17||20||23||22||36||18||253||25.3|