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There are no changes or surprises in 8-way (Tanay) and 4-way Women (Bubbles), while the 4-way Open story is much more complicated and includes the Airborne VDV team, as well.
The indoor update mentioned that Airborne VDV finished with a new 31.5 team record average, which is just one point below the highest Russian indoor average ever, posted by Black Cat at the FAI European Indoor Championship 2018. Team leader Georgy Miroshnichenko had finally joined the Airborne VDV signature lineup for indoor and outdoor training and competition before the Russian Indoor Cup, after a few years with Russian Thunder.
The recent crash of a L-410 Turbolet jump plane in Tanay did not only add another burden to the host of the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020. The International Skydiving Commission (ISC) and the Russian host reacted quickly and announced that "substitute aircraft have been ordered and organization is going ahead as planned". The impact on Airborne VDV was heavier, as Georgy Miroshnichenko was in the plane that crashed, and he was injured.
Russian Indoor Cup 2021
The Tanay Wolves had actually won the qualification as the national team in 4-way Open at the Russian Nationals 2019. Timur Frank and his three world-class team mates Vladimir Pavlenko, Dmitry Samokhval and Alexander Tychinsky won before the three Tanay 8-way members withdrew from 4-way training and competition to focus only on 8-way.
The FAI Tanay Mondial was rescheduled in 2020, due to the corona virus crisis, and the Tanay Wolves did not try to defend their 2019 title at last year's national championships. Airborne VDV won the small 6-round competition and became the new Russian national 4-way champions in 4-way Open.
The Russian skydiving federation then sanctioned Airborne VDV as the national outdoor team for the rescheduled world meet, after the team had also won the Russian Indoor Cup 2021 in April. Host Andrey Barabash and Tanay Wolves founder Timur Frank joined forces to support the new national team financially, and Timur Frank became VDV's alternate. He was now training with the team on a regular basis on weekends before and/or after the actual team training of the complete Airborne VDV lineup.
Russian Nationals 2019
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Alexander Izmalkin and videographer Alexey Afanasyev have recovered quickly enough to resume with easier parts of the Airborne VDV training, while Georgy Miroshnichenko will not be able to compete at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020. The Russian national team in 4-way Open needed a replacement for him after they decided to continue.
Airborne VDV and Andrey Barabash finally asked Oleg Shalamykhin, one of the most experienced Russian 4-way and 8-way competitors, to step in for Georgy Miroshnichenko, and he agreed. Oleg Shalamykhin had already been working with Airborne VDV as their external coach since the team was sanctioned as the national team in 4-way Open. Now his role changed, and he will also compete with the team at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020 in August.
He replaces Georgy Miroshnichenko in his outside center slot as the Airborne VDV player-coach. There is not much time left for any preparations, and the new VDV lineup started with indoor training, while waiting for Skydive Tanay to go back to normal operation. Outdoor training in Tanay was scheduled to begin on July 19th, and VDV with Oleg Shalamykhin will try to get as much out of the last training opportunity as possible.
Russian Outdoor Nationals 2020