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Did You Know...

... that Chimera still have an open account with NFTO?

NFTO at the World Challenge 2016
posted Nov 23rd, 2022 - The internal British duel for the country's top spot in 4-way competition between NFTO and Chimera has been going on since 2016. It was the World Challenge where both teams posted scores for the first time, on two different leaderboards.

NFTO had a their first complete year behind them when Chimera launched their new team, with three of the current members (Sarah Ashworth, Laura Hampton, James Woods) in the first lineup of 2016. Current NFTO members Anna Hicks and Vana Parker were in NFTO's 2016 lineup.

NFTO did not have much opposition in becoming instantly the strongest British 4-way Women team, while Chimera had to work their way up the British leaderboard until they were finally next to NFTO in the rankings, and then began to challenge the strongest British 4-way teams in 4-way Open. Satori XL, 4mula, Vision 99, NFTO and Eclipse were ahead of Chimera at their first national championships in 2016.

Logically, NFTO had much earlier experiences at FAI world championships, as they could represent the country in 4-way Women (2016 - 2018), while Chimera eventually qualified as the British national team in 4-way Open in 2019.

British Outdoor Nationals 2016
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
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
1 Satori XL 17 20 26 15 22 17 25 19 21 22 204 20.4
2 4mula 15 18 22 15 20 15 24 16 19 21 185 18.5
3 Vision 99 15 17 22 16 19 14 22 15 19 22 181 18.1
4 NFTO 15 16 19 14 20 14 21 17 17 21 174 17.4
4 Eclipse 15 17 19 13 22 14 20 15 18 21 174 17.4
6 Chimera 15 16 19 13 18 13 17 13 17 20 161 16.1
7 Phoenix 13 12 19 12 18 11 16 13 14 16 144 14.4
8 Antimatter 14 14 16 11 15 11 18 12 14 17 142 14.2
9 Eros 11 13 13 12 16 10 16 12 12 14 129 12.9
10 Unicornmagic Flytastic 10 12 15 9 15 10 16 12 13 15 127 12.7
Chimera at the World Challenge 2016
It has been a delicate situation to qualify for world championships in Great Britain ever since NFTO and Chimera became the country's two strongest 4-way teams. Chimera did not win the British Outdoor Nationals 2019 to qualify as the national team in 4-way Open for the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020. NFTO won by six points in 2019, and Chimera placed 2nd, two points ahead of Eros.

Chimera were still qualified as the national team in 4-way Open, as NFTO were planning to compete in 4-way Women at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020. Eventually, neither NFTO nor Chimera competed at the rescheduled outdoor world meet, due to the impact of the corona virus crisis.

NFTO won again at the British Outdoor Nationals 2021, this time after an extra round and applying the tie-breaking rules. NFTO decided once again to compete in 4-way Women at the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2022, where they won the gold medals in 4-way Women. Chimera represented Great Britain on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard at the team's first outdoor world championship.

NFTO have been aware of the situation and had Chimera in the back of their minds, too, when they decided to compete in 4-way Women. They have the choice, and Chimera have to follow their lead. It has worked well in the past, as NFTO now won the FAI gold medals in 4-way Women, and Chimera attended their first outdoor world championship.

FAI Outdoor World Meet 2022
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open/Women Top 10 20,16,B P,D,21,13 17,K,11 E,A,19,22 2,9,M C,14,F,12 3,6,18 4,10,1 8,Q,O,H 5,7,J Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed US 21 -1 28 27 27 31 23 21 20 32 31 261 26.1
2 NMP-PCH Hayabusa BE 20 -1 25 -2 21 23 28 20 -2 19 17 29 26 228 22.8
3 Qatar Tigers QA 19 -2 23 -1 22 -1 21 -1 26 18 17 -1 17 28 28 219 21.9
4 France 4-way Open FR 19 23 -1 22 23 27 20 -1 18 15 -1 20 -5 27 -1 214 21.4

5 NFTO UK 18 23 21 21 25 15 -2 17 14 -1 23 23 200 20.0
6 Nephtys FR 16 -2 20 -1 19 21 23 14 17 14 -1 24 21 189 18.9
7 Chimera UK 16 21 -2 19 19 -1 18 -5 18 -1 16 14 -1 23 -1 24 188 18.8
8 Papea Masculino ES 17 -1 20 -1 18 -1 21 21 -2 18 15 15 21 -1 20 -3 186 18.6
9 Echochamber Oceanside SE 14 -1 21 19 19 20 -1 17 16 15 24 -1 20 -1 185 18.5
10 XPG4 US 17 -1 21 -1 18 -1 20 -1 20 -3 16 15 15 21 -2 21 184 18.4


NFTO - Chimera at the FAI World Meet 2022 - Video Footage Courtesy of FAI/ISC and OmniSkore!HD
Medalists in 4-way Women at FAI World Championships of Formation Skydiving since 2001
Chimera at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2022
image by: Omniskore
The combined leaderboard of the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2022 is showing how close NFTO and Chimera were once again to each other. Only the French 4-way Women team Nephtys separated the two British 4-way national teams from each other, and both finished right behind the medal contenders in 4-way Open.

Only Chimera's Top 10 record number of 11 point deductions were in the way of finishing right next to NFTO and significantly closer. It was the first half of the 10-round meet that caused the final position in 7th place on the combined leaderboard. Chimera won the second set of five rounds by three points (95 - 92) over NFTO and by five points over Nephtys (95 - 90).

NFTO finished their 2022 season with the accomplishment of the main goal and added another set of FAI gold medals in 4-way Women to the collection of the British delegation in this event. It was the 4th time that a British team won FAI gold in 4-way Women, after the introduction of this category in 2001. Bodyflight Storm won the last one in Maubeuge 2008. France (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018), United States (2016) and Russia (2021) shared the 4-way Women gold medals until NFTO took them this year.

Chimera finished in the highest ranking position behind the medal contenders in 4-way Open. Both teams now have to decide whether they want to defend their British top positions in 2023 and then their international standings in 2024. However, Chimera still have another open account. They have not yet outscored NFTO at an outdoor competition...

UK Nationals 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 5,15,P 21,6,L B,4,3 E,G,11,Q 10,N,16 C,H,K,19 M,17,A,F D,2,9 22,O,18 13,1,14 7,12,8 Total Avg
1 NFTO 20 18 15 18 17 23 32 19 13 16 15 191 19.1
2 Chimera 19 18 15 20 16 23 29 21 14 16 15 191 19.1
3 Eros 16 18 18 19 14 22 27 21 15 15 - 185 18.5
4 Alola 12 13 10 14 11 16 22 17 9 12 - 136 13.6
5 Pajama Pumas 12 13 11 15 12 14 21 12 11 11 - 132 13.2
6 T.B.C. 12 11 13 15 10 15 15 11 11 11 - 124 12.4
7 Restart 5 10 12 13 11 10 16 12 11 12 - 112 11.2
8 Vantage 8 10 11 8 9 12 14 11 10 9 - 102 10.2

NFTO - Chimera at the British Nationals 2021
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