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... that there have been several world-class moves from the outside to the inside center slot?

Outside center for R2G: Chris Kuhlmann (right)
posted Mar 5th, 2021 - It was to be expected that the online audience of the live streaming from the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2021 would include highly interested competitors from Belgium. It was afternoon in Europe when the teams entered the flying chamber in North Carolina, and the competition day was over roughly at midnight for the audience overseas.

One of the NMP PCH HayaBusa members, new inside center Michele Silvi, followed the live streaming action as much as possible, while his team mates took it easier and waited patiently until the video footage of the competition rounds would become available on NSL-TV.

The reigning 4-way indoor and outdoor world champions from Belgium had the opportunity to study the latest performance of their two U.S. opponents at the next world championships. SDC Rhythm XP is the U.S. national team in 4-way Open at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020 this August, while Arizona Airspeed will compete for the U.S. indoor delegation in 4-way Open next year in Belgium.

Arizona Airspeed have won the U.S. indoor title four consecutive times since 2018, twice now with the current lineup. Christopher Kuhlmann and Joey Marshall started with the 29.5 average in February last year and now followed up with 31.5 last weekend.



NSL Live Talk with NMP PCH HayaBusa on 3 March 2021
Outside center until 2008: David Grauwels
It was in July 2020 when the complete NMP PCH HayaBusa lineup met the last time online with the NSL News for a new NSL Live Talk conversation. Only a month later, the corona virus crisis impacted heavily on most of the European countries, and the 4-way world champions have neither jumped from a plane ever since nor trained in a wind-tunnel.

Team videographer David Grauwels, HayaBusa's outdoor and indoor world champion inside center of 2014 - 2019, has provided his insights and knowledge several times on NSL Live Talk, as well as HayaBusa coach Gary Smith. This time, it was the active lineup alone visiting from four different locations in Belgium for the online conversation.

NMP PCH HayaBusa are hoping that they will be able to train again beginning in April. However, there is no guarantee yet that restrictions and limitations will be lifted and allow the team to restart their preparations for the FAI Tanay Mondial in August.

The U.S. teams are obviously in a better situation, and the Belgians were studying the current performances naturally with great interest. They provided their feedback and commentary on the latest NSL Live Talk, which was recorded this Wednesday.


Paraclete XP Indoor 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open/Women 19,13,O 21,12,16 A,B,D,11 4,15,C 17,3,E Q,G,18,22 6,7,14 9,10,2 1,P,20 L,K,H,5 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed 28 27 42 -2 29 34 29 28 26 -1 29 43 -2 315 31.5
2 SDC Rhythm XP 25 -2 25 37 -2 27 32 29 26 -1 27 25 -1 41 -1 294 29.4
3 Golden Knights Gold 27 23 40 26 28 19 25 23 26 35 272 27.2
4 XP4 25 19 34 23 28 20 -3 21 -1 21 23 32 246 24.6
5 XPG4 22 20 29 21 23 20 -1 23 19 20 -1 30 227 22.7
6 Skydive Midwest NEXT 21 16 30 22 23 20 20 19 21 28 220 22.0
7 Lightspeed 20 18 28 21 23 19 20 16 19 28 212 21.2
8 Air Force OBYC 18 17 27 17 21 17 19 15 18 19 188 18.8
9 Aviatrixx 18 17 23 15 19 17 16 17 16 25 183 18.3
10 Vega XP 15 17 24 14 18 17 17 16 18 22 178 17.8
11 Golden Knights Black 17 16 22 16 17 16 18 16 16 20 174 17.4

Arizona Airspeed and SDC Rhythm XP at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2021
Outside center with Perris Fury: Christy Frikken
The NMP PCH HayaBusa members had also listend very carefully to the live interviews with Arizona Airspeed from Paraclete XP, first with Chris Kuhlmann and Joey Marshall only on February 28th, then with the complete lineup next day.

Chris Kuhlmann had mentioned that he liked the outside center work better than his current slot assignment. He used to be outside center for Ranch 2nd Generation. He adjusted quickly after switching to inside center with Arizona Airspeed.

It is an interesting aspect that other top teams in the world went through the same changes, including NMP PCH HayaBusa. David Grauwels was outside center for the team until 2008 and switched to inside center when Luc Verstrepen did not continue, and his brother Andy Grauwels moved from point to outside center.

JaNette Lefkowitz started as SDC Rhythm XP's outside center and switched to the inside slot when Andrew Happick and Doug Barron joined the team in 2016. New inside center Christy Frikken used to be outside center for world-class team Perris Fury. New HayaBusa member Michele Silvi trained and competed as outside center for Italy's national 4-way team Amnesya before he replaced David Grauwels as the new Belgian inside center engine. He has competed only once in his new slot since October 2018. It was the NSL Cloud Mondial 2020 where he posted his first scores in the new slot...

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