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Both passionate Formation Skydiving competitors have been facing difficult times in the last three years, after they made great efforts to build up and grow the 4-way community in their respective countries to the level where it was before the worldwide crises.
Jan Klapka reported from the Czech Republic that he could not even run any events for his Indoor Cloud League activities at the Hurricane Factory in Prague. The political crisis in Eastern Europe has caused significant price increases for flying time in the windtunnel that he could not compensate for. The July leaderboard of the Indoor Cloud League will have a very unusual gap where the Czech scores have been posted most consistently for many years.
The situation is not much easier in Poland, which borders the conflict area in Eastern Europe directly. Zbigniew Kordzikowski has also been dealing with decreasing participation at any events, even though he is using all of his time and energy to keep the 4-way momentum going.
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Flyspot Sky4Four plan to train in Belgium with NMP PCH HayaBusa member David Grauwels this month in preparation for the world meet in October. Zbigniew Kordzikowski said that the weather situation in Poland is still like a lottery. His own team trains at a skydiving center in Chrcynno on the weekends.
The NSL News had introduced Flyspot Sky4Four with a live interview at the World Challenge 2017, where Zbigniew Kordzikowski competed with two of his current team mates in the lineup, Anna Baranska and Michal Baranski.
Two more teams from Poland competed at the same event, and Zbigniew Kordzikowski had all the details available. He recently updated the current team information from Poland, as some of the lineups have changed.
He lives only 45 kilometers away from the Flyspot windtunnel in Warszaw, where he spends a lot of time and meets Polish teams and competitors regularly. He said that he spends an average time of two hours per week in the Flyspot flying chamber.
However, he is unhappy to realize the same decrease in participation which is not all caused by the health and political crises. The current difficulties have just made it much easier for former teams and competitors to step away from training and competition.
He is running his own archive of Polish 4-way teams and competitors ("History of the Polish FS-4"), and the number of former teams keeps growing. The development of 4-way competition in Poland is still his main goal, while his own time is limited. He has now partnered with Flyspot to accommodate more than he alone can handle. He provides free coaching for the project, and Flyspot offers discounted rates for the participants. It works well, as the new project has already generated five new teams, and he hopes for even more once the outdoor season is over after his team's first world meet.