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Did You Know...

... that Oceanside AtomiX continue with the same lineup and the same goals?

AtomiX in 2013
posted Oct 11th, 2021 - The unfortunate 2020/2021 team story of Oceanside AtomiX has not ended. A new update from Germany confirmed that the team has made plans to continue. It was actually a team fairytale first and only turned into the dramatic and unfortunate situation when the complete German Formation Skydiving delegation withdrew from the participation at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020.

Oceanside AtomiX had brought the team story to the happiest and most successful point, when four original team members (Andrea Kleinschmidt, Peter Ingenhaag, Holger Sass and videographer Lars Naeve) finally made it to the top in Germany and won the national championship title in 2019, together with Mark Zimmermann and coach Luc Verstrepen.

It took seven years of passionate commitment and consistent training until AtomiX moved from the 7th place in 2013 (12.2) to the top spot in 2019 with a 19.5 average. The team dream had become true, and they were finally qualified to compete for Germany at the FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving, the most relevant 4-way competition in the world.

The dream was shattered when the world meet was canceled and rescheduled from August 2020 to August 2021. In fact, it was first only a delayed trip to the world meet, as the German skydiving federation re-sanctioned the qualified teams of 2019 (Oceanside AtomiX and Skynamite in 4-way, Airbus in 8-way) as the national teams for the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020 in August this year.


German Nationals 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class E,G,M,2 B,4,1 9,K,L,O 13,15,14 22,16,3 21,6,D 5,J,12 P,17,7 10,H,C,11 8,F,19 Total Avg
1 Oceanside AtomiX 26 19 26 -1 15 -1 15 17 19 24 18 16 195 19.5
2 Airbus 22 18 -1 28 15 14 -1 15 -2 18 21 16 -1 19 186 18.6
3 Dark Energy 18 -2 14 20 11 13 16 14 17 13 14 150 15.0
4 Bardarbunga 2.0 20 14 22 13 8 -5 11 -2 14 17 13 16 148 14.8
5 Skynamite 18 14 17 11 11 14 12 -1 17 12 -1 14 140 14.0
6 NeVa FSZ Saar 19 14 15 -2 10 11 13 13 15 11 14 135 13.5
7 HorschD FSZ Saar 18 12 14 10 10 12 10 9 -2 11 11 117 11.7
8 Join Up 13 -1 13 15 -1 11 7 -2 12 10 -1 14 10 -1 11 116 11.6
9 Airgrips 10 -1 9 13 5 -1 7 10 8 9 -1 10 9 -1 90 9.0
10 4Motion 10 9 13 8 7 8 3 -1 9 6 -1 9 82 8.2

Oceanside AtomiX and Airbus Illertissen at the German Outdoor Nationals 2019
AtomiX in 2019
AtomiX continued the training with the new lineup, as Paul Hofstee had replaced inside center Mark Zimmermann in the same slot. The 2020 lineup competed once at the Wind Games 2020 before the anticipated world meet, and before the national outdoor championships and many other events were canceled due to the corona virus crisis.

The world meet dream eventually shattered when the German Formation Skydiving delegation withdrew from the event in Tanay this year. The opportunity to compete at a world meet was gone, as there was a new national championship scheduled for 2021, which would be the qualification event for the next world meet in Eloy 2022.

It became even worse for Oceanside AtomiX when the two other original members (Andrea Kleinschmidt, Holger Sass) announced after the withdrawal from the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020 that they would not continue with the team. Peter Ingenhaag and team videographer Lars Naeve were the only original team members left.

Claire Rebhahn and Janine Tillenburg joined Peter Ingenhaag, Paul Hofstee and Lars Naeve just a few months before the next national championship in September this year, and it was not enough time to defend the German 4-way title successfully against the same opponent, the Airbus 4-way team, who had a new lineup, as well, but with more time together.


German Outdoor Nationals 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open L,Q,2,8 K,19,N,13 17,12,20 C,3,1 6,M,11 14,9,O 22,15,16 G,18,21 J,10,H,7 B,F,D,E,A Total Avg
1 Airbus Illertissen 15 -1 17 13 -1 18 18 -1 17 13 14 -1 18 42 185 18.5
2 Oceanside AtomiX 14 -1 17 -1 15 17 19 19 13 15 17 32 178 17.8
3 Bardarbunga 3.0 16 17 15 15 -1 15 -1 18 13 14 18 30 171 17.1
4 Paranodon 4way Illertissen 15 14 11 13 15 14 9 11 -2 14 -1 30 146 14.6
5 NeVa FSZ Saar 11 15 12 13 14 13 11 9 15 21 134 13.4
6 Sudwest NOG 11 13 11 12 13 13 9 11 14 21 128 12.8
7 Phoenix 11 11 10 11 11 11 9 9 6 17 106 10.6
8 Das KO's Saar 10 6 7 10 11 9 7 9 11 20 100 10.0

Airbus Illertissen - Oceanside AtomiX at the German Outdoor Nationals 2021
AtomiX in 2021
Despite the many obstacles, Oceanside AtomiX rebuilt the team even quicker than expected and surprised Airbus by keeping up all the way through Round 9. In fact, AtomiX had a 3-point lead going into the last round. Only the Super Sequence in Round 10 changed the outcome of the competition completely. Airbus took back the 4-way top spot in Germany and qualified as the national team in 4-way Open for the FAI World Meet 2022.

Team captain Peter Ingenhaag said that "the feelings right after judging were upside down because we really thought we could win this battle and defend the top spot in Germany". The new lineup had completed 120 training jumps and five hours of indoor training before the national championship: "It was an all or nothing situation for us."

Peter Ingenhaag, Paul Hofstee and Lars Naeve were still impressed with the performance of their new lineup with Claire Rebhahn and Janine Tillenburg: "I think we did our best, and the news girls in the team showed that there is more to come. Over the last few weeks we recharged our batteries and made new plans for the upcoming season. The training schedule is full and we aim for 350+ jumps and a lot of tunnel."

Oceanside AtomiX is back with the old and new goal: to win the national 4-way title and take the top spot, this time in 2022. It will be once again the same opponent, and Airbus Illertissen will be in good shape, as well. They will be in training for the FAI World Meet 2022 in Eloy...

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