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French national coach Mathieu Bernier visited Skydive DeLand with his national team in 4-way Open, for a week of training and the outdoor competition at the end of it. His young team delivered an impressive performance in DeLand and moved up beyond Qatar Tigers and NMP PCH HayaBusa in the rankings.
The significantly improved performance was not the only promising surprise for teams and observers. Mathieu Bernier had more exciting news that connected the Shamrock Showdown with the indoor event in Germany.
The NSL News mentioned briefly in the recent updates that two team members of the winning guest team at the indoor competition, Weembi International, will soon turn into opponents at the FAI Indoor World Championship next month. Sian Stokes will compete with NFTO, the reigning 4-way Women outdoor world champions, and Christine Malnis has plans for the same event, as well.
FAI Outdoor World Meet 2022
She joins forces again with one of her team mates who was with her on the top spot of the FAI podium in 4-way Women when they won their first gold medals at the FAI Outdoor World Championship 2014. Sophia Pecout and Christine Malnis then continued together until today. Together they placed 2nd two years later with a new lineup and were back in the gold medal position in Australia 2018.
That's where Pamela Lissajoux won her first 4-way Women gold medal, together with Sophia Pecout and Christine Malnis. Dennis Praet's wife Clementine Le Bohec completed the lineup, with Michel Laynaud on camera.
The same French 3-way was ready to defend their 4-way Women gold medals at the FAI Tanay Mondial in August 2020 with new member Gaelle Giesen. The event was canceled and rescheduled for August 2021, and the weather situation allowed only the completion of six rounds. France was two points behind home team Bubbles after Round 6 when the competition came to its end.
FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
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Mathieu Bernier now brought Sophia Pecout and Christine Malnis back together for the indoor world championship, with their outdoor world champion team mate Pamela Lissajoux in the lineup and Nephtys member Elise Poindron.
Sophia Pecout and Christine Malnis actually competed at the previous indoor world championship, as well, and not in 4-way Women. They placed 2nd in 4-way Open with the Weembi High Rollers on their home turf and finished with a 34.4 average behind NMP PCH HayaBusa (35.1) at Weembi Lille 2019, together with Roy Janssen and Julien Degen.
Pamela Lissajoux and Elise Poindron won the 4-way Women gold medals for France at the same event - two points ahead of NFTO. The combined French 4-way Women lineup for the upcoming indoor world championship (Sophia Pecout, Christine Malnis, Pamela Lissajoux, Elise Poindron) will have to fend off the challenge by the new NFTO lineup and U.S. team XPG4. The re-match between France and NFTO could become one of the highlights of the indoor competition next month, and XPG4 will also try to improve their bronze medal position of 2019.
FAI Indoor World Championship 2019