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The success of an accomplishment like that has two sides. On one hand, it motivates competitors to continue and do even better in the future. On the other hand, it is a great opportunity to step back and finish an intensive career at a peak point.
The German Airbus 8-way team came to that point of crossroads on the podium of the 8-way awards ceremony, and the members of the bronze-medal 8-way team went in both directions once the world meet dust had settled, and plans for the future were discussed.
Team captain Thomas Spielvogel informed the NSL News recently that the Airbus 8-way team will continue, and that the lineup for the next two years has been completed. He will continue his career as an active competitor, together with his bronze-medal team mates Carl Enders and Steffen Schiedek. Erik Lorenz will be back on camera for the new Airbus lineup.
FAI Outdoor World Meet 2022
The only female 8-way member of the previous Airbus 8-way lineups, Linda Köb, who also competed with Meltemi in 4-way Women at the world meet in Eloy, will not train and compete in both events any longer. Three new female competitors will still represent the mixed-gender Airbus lineup.
Carola Fietz and Shaline Dincher trained and competed with Germany's former national team in 4-way Women, Skynamite, in the past. Carola Fietz spent two years with Skynamite (2017 - 2018), including the FAI Outdoor World Championship in Australia.
Shaline Dincher joined Skynamite in 2021, when Carola Fietz was not in the lineup any longer. Skynamite did not qualify any longer as Germany's national indoor or outdoor team in 4-way Women and have not attended any 4-way competitions after the FAI Indoor World Cup 2022. Shaline Dincher now has her 8-way slot with Airbus, next to Carola Fietz. Karin Bauch is completing the female 3-way part of the 8-way team. She trained and competed with the German Phoenix team in 2021 and 2022.
Germany Outdoor Nationals 2022
|1||Airbus Oceanside Illertissen||19||18||15||-2||25||16||14||29||13||17||21||187||18.7|
|3||Paranodon 4way Illertissen||15||15||13||20||12||11||22||14||14||16||152||15.2|
|5||NeVa FSZ Saar||16||12||-1||12||-1||15||-1||12||11||20||-1||15||13||13||139||13.9|
|6||Südwest FSZ Saar||14||13||8||16||10||11||22||12||-1||11||13||130||13.0|
|8||Phoenix FSZ Saar||12||12||-1||8||16||3||-3||10||-1||14||11||10||11||-2||107||10.7|
Andreas Höhne has been a member of Paranodon Illertissen's AAA Class lineup, who have been climbing up the 4-way rankings in Germany year by year. He was selected for the team in 2020 and won his German outdoor bronze medal behind the two nationals teams, Airbus (4-way Open) and Meltemi (4-way Women), at the national outdoor championships last year.
Thomas Spielvogel said that the new lineup has completed three hours of indoor training by now, and that there is a great combination of motivation and skills. The training plan for 2023 has been completed, which includes at least 250 outdoor training jumps.
The combination of experience and talent, combined with the intensive outdoor training schedule, will most likely secure the 8-way top spot in Germany for Airbus. Main team goal is the qualification for the next outdoor world championship in Israel. The Airbus 8-way team is only missing a coach so far, who will soon be added to the lineup.