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Chimera recently attended their first outdoor competition of the year, the June meet of the United Kingdom Skydiving League on their home turf in Langar. Chimera had won the British Indoor Nationals 2022 in February before transitioning fully to outdoor training and competition.
After the conversation with coach Niklas Hemlin, the NSL News contacted the team to set up a new NSL Live Talk with Chimera and hear from the team directly after posting their first outdoor scores and a 20.0 average after five rounds.
All Chimera members, including team videographer Pete Harries, live near Skydive Langar and meet regularly at the end of any day for a few training jumps. They had just landed after their 4th jump on Monday and gathered quickly at the dropzone for the outdoor NSL Live Talk.
UKSL 2022 - June Meet
|2||The Real Kim Shady||7||8||5||5||4||29||5.8|
|2||Breakfast @ Tiffanys||6||7||3||5||8||29||5.8|
|3||None of the Above||6||2||4||4||5||21||4.2|
|3||Oh! It worked||0||1||0||3||0||4||0.8|
Exit and first page with sub-terminal conditions were topics of the conversation with Niklas Hemlin, and Chimera added their own thoughts to the insights. They said that they don't give the first page of each jump much more attention in training than all other components. The number of jumps from planes is the main factor for exit and sub-terminal training, plus the mental preparation.
Will Cooke, in the tail slot for Chimera since 2020, said that the first half of the complete recent competition draw, which the five completed rounds were based on, were probably the faster part of the ten rounds. It helped to get to the 20.0 average. However, the almost ten seconds of lost working time in Round 3 were on the other side of the equation.
Fact is that a 20+ average has been the winning average of British 4-way champions in the past. In fact, only Satori XL ever posted a higher British scoring number (21.3) at the when a Super Sequence in Round 3 boosted the averages.
British Outdoor Nationals 2016
|Rank||AAA Class - Top 10||22,B,8||L,C,10,14||19,H,E,7||12,11,16||N,J,4,G||20,18,5||Q,O,A,15||P,1,13||3,9,6||D,F,21,2||Total||Avg|
Catherine Anderson then took a 3-year break from competition and came back as Catherine Curtis for the current lineup. Julia Swallow stepped back to become the team's alternate after the British Indoor Nationals 2022. Chimera members Laura Hampton, Sara Ashworth and James Woods are now in their 7th year of training and competing together.
Chimera made the first step by collecting the British indoor gold medals in February, where NFTO competed with their 2021 lineup. The upcoming battle with NFTO at the British outdoor championship could be similar to the jump-off and tie-breaking drama last year - only on a higher level...