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Did You Know...

... that the 4-way Women history was the topic of the latest NSL Live Talk?

Lena Bostrom (2nd from left) with 4 Pleasure at the FAI World Cup 1998
posted Feb 17th, 2021 - The story of the 4-way Women event began shortly after Dawn English became the first female 4-way competitor winning an FAI gold medal in the Open Class competition. It was the FAI World Cup 1998 where she outscored the best 4-way Open Class teams in the world with Space Center FX.

Joey Jones was her team mate (Doug Park, Christopher Irwin, Fin Malloy on camera), who she saw as her freefall mentor: "I've had great mentors too - I've been really blessed. On the ground my mentor has been my business partner of nearly fifteen years, Dan Thompson. I wouldn't be where I am today without him. In the air I'd have to say my piece partner, Joey Jones, has had the largest influence on my skydiving. I can't imagine having flown with someone else."

Lise Aune-Nansen won bronze medals with the DeLand Norgies at the same event. She almost joined the latest NSL Live Talk conversation that was recorded on Monday and had the 4-way Women event as the main topic. Joey Jones discussed the event and its history with his wife Lena Jones (Bostrom), who competed at the same event with the Swedish team 4 Pleasure.

Eliana Rodriguez completed the NSL Live Talk with her presence and memories. She was not in a 4-way team yet when Lena and Joey Jones competed in Portugal and posted their scores on the same 4-way Open Class leaderboard.


FAI World Cup 1998
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 10,19,2 21,M,A,23 8,H,P,L D,13,21 6,3,G F,12,22 5,Q,15 17,4,O J,E,7,9 14,N,K,16 B,C,1,18 Total Avg
1 Space Center FX  US  17 20 24 19 17 17 17 21 28 18 22 198 19.8
2 Perris Maubeuge  FR  17 20 22 18 19 16 19 21 29 17 20 198 19.8
3 DeLand Norgies  NO  15 17 21 17 18 14 17 18 26 17 - 180 18.0
4 Russia  RU  15 19 21 15 17 14 16 19 26 15 - 177 17.7
5 Sebastian XL  UK  15 18 21 16 17 14 16 18 20 17 - 172 17.2
6 Golden Knights  US  14 18 19 16 16 14 15 18 25 16 - 171 17.1
7 Elsinore Storm  US  13 17 20 16 16 14 15 18 24 15 - 168 16.8
8 Velox  SE  15 17 19 15 16 13 14 16 23 14 - 162 16.2
9 Red Bull  ES  13 14 18 16 14 10 13 17 21 13 - 149 14.9
10 Daedalus  DE  13 14 16 12 14 12 13 15 23 - - 132 14.7
11 Italy  IT  13 13 13 17 12 9 13 13 23 - - 126 14.0
11 Redline  AU  11 15 16 13 11 12 12 15 21 - - 126 14.0
13 NMPV  BE  13 14 15 14 12 11 13 12 16 - - 120 13.3
14 Hungary  HU  9 12 13 12 11 12 11 16 19 - - 115 12.8
14 4 Pleasure  SE  11 11 12 12 11 9 10 13 16 10 - 115 11.5
16 S. Aurora  AU  11 12 11 8 10 9 11 12 16 11 - 111 11.1
17 Russian Women  RU  11 12 11 10 11 10 7 9 11 16 - 108 10.8
17 Luxemburg  LU  10 12 14 12 13 10 11 11 15 - - 108 12.0
19 XCEED  DK  10 11 12 10 12 10 11 12 - - - 88 11.0
20 Netherlands  NL  10 10 11 12 11 10 9 12 - - - 85 10.6
21 Hardline  AU  11 12 11 10 10 7 9 14 - - - 84 10.5
22 J5  ZA  11 8 13 11 11 11 9 9 - - - 83 10.4
23 Kusadasi  ES  10 12 12 11 11 8 9 9 - - - 82 10.3
24 British Army  UK  10 11 12 10 11 9 9 9 - - - 81 10.1
25 Lithuania  LT  9 10 10 10 8 8 2 12 - - - 69 8.6
26 Passion8  US  8 10 6 9 9 6 6 5 - - - 59 7.4
27 ACUL  PT  6 7 10 8 6 7 6 8 - - - 58 7.3
28 Slovakia  SK  7 7 7 8 7 4 8 7 - - - 55 6.9
29 Israel  IL  9 5 8 9 3 3 6 9 - - - 52 6.5
30 Porta Ravesa  PT  5 3 6 7 7 6 7 8 - - - 49 6.1
31 BAI/CTAP  PT  1 4 6 2 4 5 1 5 - - - 28 3.5
32 Cyprus  CY  1 5 4 2 5 3 0 4 - - - 24 3.0

NSL Live Talk with Eliana Rodriguez, Lena and Joey Jones
Eliana Rodriguez with DeLand Tunnel Rage at the USPA Nationals 2000
Lena Jones said that she and her Swedish all-female team mates were not interested in a separate 4-way Women competition at all at that time. They enjoyed the mix of all-female and all-male lineups and additional female 4-way competitors who trained and competed with mixed-gender lineups.

A total of four all-female teams competed at the first event where FAI/ISC paid special attention to the potential for a new event in Formation Skydiving competition. All four teams appeared on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard, while they still had a special privilege.

The four 4-way Women teams were allowed to complete all ten rounds, even though all other teams completed only eight rounds and then had to qualify for semifinals (Round 9) and finals (Round 10).

The meet was over for half of the total number of teams after Round 8, and two 4-way Women teams actually made the first cut (4 Pleasure, Southern Aurora). The next half of all semifinalists then performed Round 10 after the second cut, together with three of the four 4-way Women teams.

Joey Jones said that this was the event where he met his future wife for the first time. It was obviously a very successful and memorable meet for him.


Women Cup 1999
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women 9,24,A O,M,2,Q 14,P,11 19,3,15 N,8,12 C,1,E,20 K,23,17 B,16,21 L,22,J,7 G,5,6 Total Avg
1 V-Max  UK  13 15 10 8 9 12 11 12 13 11 114 11.4
2 Australia  AU  15 15 9 11 7 15 10 10 13 8 113 11.3
3 4 Pleasure  SE  13 16 11 5 12 9 9 12 13 10 110 11.0
4 New Zealand  NZ  8 10 6 6 6 6 5 4 8 7 66 6.6

Coach Joey Jones with Synchronicity in 2001
A year later, FAI/IPC invited 4-way Women teams to the first event with a separate leaderboard, the FAI World Meet 1999 in Australia. 4 Pleasure had been the strongest 4-way Women team in Portugal 1998 and were now facing the strong British V-Max lineup and an Australian team on their home turf for an exciting 4-point battle between gold and bronze.

Eliana Rodriguez had entered the 4-way world at that time, while working as one of the first wind-tunnel instructors at SkyVenture Orlando. Future Arizona Airspeed 4-way world champion Thomas Hughes, King of the Tuunel, was her fellow instructor, and they launched their world-champion careers together with DeLand Tunnel Rage.

It took another year and another world cup before the 4-way Women event eventually became a fully integrated part of the FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving. Eliana Rodriguez had joined the U.S. team in 4-way Women, Synchronicity, in the meantime, which did not help Sweden's team at all to climb higher in the rankings. Synchronicity won the world cup gold medals in 2000 and were back a year later for the first official world meet in 4-way Women.

Joey Jones was now coaching the U.S. team, and his wife Lena was still the alternate for Sweden. Both recalled the exciting battle during the NSL Live Talk. Eliana Rodriguez won her first FAI gold medal in Spain before she became the first female 4-way competitor with FAI world meet gold medals in 8-way Open (2004) and 4-way Open (2008). She is still the only competitor in the history of the sport with gold medals in three different events.


FAI World Meet 2001
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women 8,19,24 A,L,22,H E,10,D,11 21,6,4 B,18,C,14 G,5,20 2,1,16 M,K,12,9 15,23,P O,17,Q,N Total Avg
1 Synchronicity US 13 13 13 12 14 14 15 16 13 24 147 14.7
2 TNT NO 13 15 15 13 13 12 13 15 13 22 144 14.4
3 4 Pleasure SE 13 15 14 13 14 14 14 15 12 19 143 14.3
4 V-Max UK 9 15 14 12 14 14 13 16 13 21 141 14.1
5 Russia RU 11 11 12 12 9 12 12 13 11 12 115 11.5
6 South Africa ZA 12 12 11 9 11 8 11 13 10 16 113 11.3
7 Italy IT 10 10 11 9 5 11 11 9 11 - 87 9.7
8 Parat DE 8 10 8 7 9 9 9 9 6 - 75 8.3
9 Spain ES 4 7 6 4 8 6 4 9 5 - 53 5.9
10 Austria AT 6 4 5 4 3 6 5 7 6 - 46 5.1

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