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However, the strongest NFTO opponent of the past seven years, Chimera, were not present to defend the indoor title that the British national team in 4-way Open won for the first time in February 2022. Chimera have been so much a consistent and competitive factor on British and international leaderboards since 2016 that the team's absence at the British Indoor Nationals was the event's biggest surprise.
The easiest explanation could have been the proximity of Round 10 at the FAI Outdoor World Championship 2022 on October 27th and Round 1 of the British Indoor Nationals on December 2nd. However, NFTO, who won the team's first FAI 4-way Women gold medals in Eloy, made the transition from outdoor to indoor competition and won their next British indoor title, even with a new lineup.
Chimera were just as successful as NFTO in Eloy, as they won the world's unofficial amateur title with the 5th place behind the full-time teams, after an exciting 10-round battle with Papea from Spain and Sweden's Echochamber. The 5th place at a world championship is currently the maximum achievement for an amateur team, and Chimera decided that this peak position is the best conclusion of the 7-year team career.
British Indoor Nationals 2022
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"It's been an incredible 7 years for us in Chimera, culminating in 2022 where we won the indoor and outdoor British National Championships, and came 5th at the World Championships - the highest ranking for a non-professional team in the open category. 2022 was the final year for us as a team. Having trained so hard for so long, we're all so grateful for everything we've achieved together and feel the time is right to pursue other goals that we have, both in and out of skydiving. We've achieved our 4-way dream and it's time for us to find our next dreams??"
The Chimera time has come to an end, while the team members will continue in different ways, including the option of more training, competition and coaching. Chimera also gave the team's coach, Arizona Airspeed's Nikle Hemlin, special credit:
"No thank you is complete without mentioning our coach, friend and mentor Niklas Hemlin of Arizona Airspeed, who continues to teach us, inspire us, disgust us and make us laugh so hard we can barely breathe. You've always believed in us and we love you very much."
FAI Outdoor World Meet 2022
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|9||Agera FS 2022||NO||16||16||-2||17||-1||17||18||-1||15||15||13||-1||18||-3||21||166||16.6|
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|14||HF Flying Circus||CZ||13||10||-7||16||15||-1||18||-2||12||-1||13||11||-3||16||-5||17||-1||141||14.1|
|17||HSV Red Bull Aerodynamix||AT||10||-2||16||14||15||15||-1||8||-3||9||-2||10||-1||15||-1||13||-1||125||12.5|
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Spain (Papea) and Sweden (Echochamber) were already a part of the battle for the 5th place, and Germany's Airbus 4-way team have launched their next 2-year period, as the NSL News reported on January 11th. Norway's 4-way Open Class team Agera could also become a top contender for the 5th place if the team continues after competing on home turf at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2023. Canada's family team 4Astrophe was exactly on the Agera level in October last year.
The 5th place seems to continue being the best position for an amateur team, as the Top 4 keep training and competing with the same lineups for the next two years. United States (Arizona Airspeed), Belgium (NMP PCH HayaBusa), Qatar (Tigers) and France are so far ahead of all the best teams from other countries, and two more years with the same lineups will only create more distance. However, Chimera's successful last year pays back for the seven years of training and competition, which brought more than enough additional fun and experiences:
"We've learned so much on our journey. Through developing our 4-way skills, we've become better skydivers. Through developing as team mates, we've become better in so many aspects of our lives. It's been an honor and a privilege to spend 7 years together and we feel very lucky to have had so much support from so many of you."
The same counts hopefully for all teams, between the 1st, 5th and 21st place on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard...