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The last USPA outdoor bronze medals were taken by Jennifer and Matt Davidson, Kurt Isenbarger, Sean Sweeney, with Scott Janise on camera in 2016 and 2017, the same lineup who won the indoor championship at Paraclete XP in 2016.
The indoor bronze medal lineup was the same in 2018 and 2019 (Jennifer and Matt Davidson, Drew Starr, Sean Sweeney). Matt Davidson then left the U.S. Army and joined Arizona Airspeed for a few months in 2019 before going through his hip replacement surgery and coming back with Airspeed XP8.
Jennifer Davidson and Drew Starr continued with the U.S. Army's Gold team and welcomed back Jesse Stahler in 2020, who was in the gold-medal 4-way lineup of 2016. They won the next set of bronze medals with Nik Grimm, who was recruited for the Golden Knights 8-way team after the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2018 in Australia.
Paraclete XP Indoor 2021
|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||-4||28||19||25||23||26||35||272||27.2|
|6||Skydive Midwest NEXT||21||-3||16||-2||30||-2||22||23||20||-1||20||-1||19||-1||21||28||-1||220||22.0|
|8||Air Force OBYC||18||17||27||17||21||17||19||15||18||19||188||18.8|
|11||Golden Knights Black||17||-1||16||-1||22||-2||16||17||16||18||-1||16||16||-1||20||-1||174||17.4|
David Flynn now launched his own Golden Knights Gold career with the next set of 4-way bronze medals for the U.S. Army team.
The new lineup was well trained in 4-way and had worked several times with coach Niklas Hemlin. Team captain Drew Starr had pointed out at previous interviews that 4-way skills training was a significant part of his plan to prepare the 8-way team for top-level 8-way performance.
The 4-way training for the Gold lineup turned out to show impressive results. The 27.2 average is the second-highest one in the Golden Knights records and two average-points better than last year. Only the 2016 lineup scored higher when they won the Paraclete XP event with a 28.2 average.
The Gold team actually kept up with SDC Rhythm XP throughout the first three rounds this year, and before they were thrown back after four point deductions in Round 4.
Paraclete XP Indoor 2021
The U.s Army's 8-way team, who are still the reigning outdoor world champions, had finished 83 points behind XP8 at the restart with the new lineup in February 2019. The difference was now down to 35 points two years later, behind XP8's still reigning indoor world champions of 2019.
It is no secret that the Golden Knights are aiming at taking back the 8-way top spot in the United States and defending the U.S. 8-way gold medal positions in the future. Airspeed XP8 now have a domestic team that begins to put serious pressure on them.
The first outdoor duel this year is coming up very soon. Golden Knights and Airspeed XP8 both compete at the 8-way competition of the Shamrock Showdown 2021. Registration for 4-way and 8-way teams is still open...