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The participating teams on the March 19 weekend completed as many rounds as possible in the three days with inclement weather, which turned out be four rounds in 4-way and 8-way both. Only the Sandbaggers could not complete the 4th round before the meet was called.
The Shamrock Showdown is traditionally an outdoor competition, and the 2020 event was promising to become another serious world meet test at the beginning of the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020 season, with the world's best 4-way and 8-way teams ready to compete at the same location in Florida.
At the same time, the Shamrock Showdown 2020 was supposed to be a test for Skydive City in hosting a high-profile event before the USPA Nationals 2020. Unfortunately, FAI Tanay Mondial 2020 and USPA Nationals 2020 both were canceled/rescheduled, as was the Shamrock Showdown eventually, as well. The corona virus crisis brought an early end to three of the most exciting Formation Skydiving competitions last year.
Shamrock Showdown Cloud 2021
The FAI Tanay Mondial 2020 had been rescheduled for August 2021, and the national teams were once again looking for opportunities to get some outdoor competition practice early in a world meet year. International traveling was still impossible, or very limited, and the Shamrock Showdown hosts developed a contingency plan. Result was the additional online version of the 2021 event, the Shamrock Showdown Cloud.
International teams would have the option to perform the same ten sequences on the same weekend and the following week at different locations that would allow outdoor training and competition. The time period for the online part was extended when the live meet at Skydive City could not be completed. Even the U.S. teams now needed more time to perform the six missing sequences in the following weeks.
The scores and video links have now been added to the 8-way leaderboard, and the French 8-way team has taken the lead after Round 4, with highscores for each of the four sequences. France was still behind Airspeed XP8 at the last outdoor competition, the NSL Cloud Mondial 2020, which was the previous online competition in the middle of the corona virus pandemic.
Russia's Tanay 8-way team had won the last live 8-way competition at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019, where France finished in 2nd, Airspeed XP8 in 3rd place. The Qatar Falcons have moved significantly closer to the medal positions with the current scores. They were 43 points behind AZXP8 after Round 10 at the world cup in Eloy 2019.
There will be a complete 8-way leaderboard at the end of the extended Shamrock Showdown Cloud deadline on April 21st. Russia's Tanay 8 have the meet rounds on their agenda soon in Dubai, and AZXP8 finish up almost at the same time.
FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
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