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Shamrock Showdown 2023 at Skydive DeLand
posted Feb 7th, 2024 - Arizona Airspeed and the French national team in 4-way Open started last year's outdoor competition season at the Shamrock Showdown in March, where France confirmed that they had taken away the 2nd place in the 4-way world from NMP PCH HayaBusa. The Belgian team had still won the silver medals at the 25th FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2022, where France finished in 4th place behind the Qatar Tigers.

In fact, the placing order in Norway in August was exactly the same as it was at Skydive DeLand in March. Arizona Airspeed and France will copy their schedule of 2023 and launch their outdoor season once again at this year's Shamrock Showdown, then conclude the 2024 season at the 26th FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2024.

Both teams have confirmed their trip to Florida, and the results at the Shamrock Showdown will define their starting point into the world championship season. The most relevant event in the sport is scheduled for October, and there will be more than half a year between the two outdoor events for adjustments and preparations for the next showdown. Airspeed and France had the same progression in 2023 when both teams increased their meet averages by two points. French national coach Mathieu Bernier has yet the challenging task to cut into the difference of 20 points in a 10-round meet. He knows that his team has an even better indoor progression, while the outdoor performance will face the first serious evaluation of the year at the Shamrock Showdown.

Shamrock Showdown 2023
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RankAAA Class14,O,7C,9,114,2,FQ,13,21B,6,L,191,22,GK,18,8M,3,17H,15,12D,20,10TotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed US  26   28   25-1 24   27-1 21   22   27   22-1 22   24424.4
2France 4-way Open FR  26   25-1 23   24   25-1 19   19   26   19   18   22422.4
3NMP-PCH Hayabusa BE  21-1 23-2 24-1 19-1 26   19-1 18-1 26-1 21   20-1 21721.7
4Qatar Tigers QA  21   22   17-1 21   23   18   17   22   17-1 19   19719.7
5SDC Rhythm XP US  20-1 20   20   19-1 21   14-2 15-2 22   15-2 14-1 18018.0
6Pour Decisions US  18   19   16   17   19   13-1 12-2 18   12-1 14   15815.8
RankAA Class14,O,7C,9,114,2Q,13,21B,6,L1,22K,18,8M,F,19H,15,GD,20,ATotalAvg
1Project Danny US  7-1 10   8   9   9-1 6-1 4-1 8-1 6-2 8   757.5
24Action US  5-2 8-1 7   6-1 10   5   7   11   6-1 7   727.2
RankA ClassO,7C,94,2Q,21B,6E,L,NK,8M,F,19H,G,JD,A,PTotalAvg
1DeLand's Hit Show US  7-4 10   5   7-1 9-1 5-2 7   10-1 10   6-1 767.6
2Waitin' on a Woman US  8   6-1 4   4-2 6-1 5   4   7  -  -   445.5
3Funderbirds US  3-2 4   1-1 2-1 8   2   2-1 6-1 4-2 5   373.7

Arizona Airspeed - France 4-way Open at the Shamrock Showdown 2023 - Video Footage Courtesy of InTime
Same lineup in 2024: French 4-way Women team Nephtys
Mathieu Bernier is also bringing his national team in 4-way Women to Florida, the Nephtys. The new lineup (Pamela Lissajoux, Elise Poindron, Alexandra Petitjean, Marie Pineau) are going into the team's second year. Pamela Lissajoux and Elise Poindron won silver medals in 4-way Women with Gaelle Giesen and Sophia Pecout at the 25th FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2022 and continued with the new lineup in 2023.

They defended the 2nd place successfully at the 23rd FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving in Norway last year and posted a 26.6 average at the Weembinamic 2023, more than five average points higher compared to their first indoor meet in March 2023.

The French national teams will be well prepared for their first outdoor competition this year, after intensive indoor training throughout the winter. Mathieu Bernier said that he started with outdoor training in France at the beginning of February. He wants the teams to be ready for the training camp at Skydive DeLand before the Shamrock Showdown. There will be more outdoor training at the skydiving center in Pamiers in February, and both teams still have to go back to indoor 4-way once before competing at the Wind Games. They will arrive in DeLand on March 7th and have a whole week for more outdoor training before the Shamrock Showdown.

23rd FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving
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Rank4way Open/4-way Women Top 103,G,N,1911,17,L13,7,C2,D,O,814,K,J,129,M,P,H5,4,1815,1,1016,21,EF,20,6TotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed US 26 27 26 25 22 48-1 22 21 25 25 26726.7
2France 4-way Open FR 23 25-1 26 24 19 45-1 19 19 23 23 24624.6
3NMP PCH HayaBusa BE 20-4 20-2 25 23-1 18-2 45 20 19 24 24 23823.8
4Qatar Tigers QA 20-1 22-1 23 20 19 40 13-4 17-1 22 19-421521.5
5XPG4 US 21 20 20-1 19 17 38 16-1 16-1 18-2 18-1 20320.3
6SDC Rhythm XP US 18 17-1 19-2 19 17 38 16 17 18 18-119719.7
7Airbus Illertissen Oceanside DE 17-1 18 20-1 17 14 31-1 15 15 18 18 18318.3
8Amnesya IT 16-1 17 19 17-1 16 31-1 15 14 18 18-1 18118.1
9France 4-way Women FR 17 15-1 20 17 15 33 14 14-1 14-2 18 17717.7
9Papea ES 14-3 17-1 18-1 17 14-1 32 14-1 15 18 18 17717.7

Arizona Airspeed - France 4-way Open - Nephtys at the 23rd FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving - Video footage courtesy of FAI/InTime
Florida Skydiving League competitors at the Shamrock Showdown 2023
It is already a very strong field in 4-way Open at the Shamrock Showdown, topped by the currently two strongest 4-way teams in the world. The Golden Knights will use the 4-way opportunity, as well, as they will be in Florida with GKXP8 for 8-way competition. The U.S. Army team will probably try to challenge the French national team in 4-way Women, while Airspeed and France measure up the current 4-way Open Class situation.

The preview leaderboard is far from being complete, as other teams have not registered or confirmed yet. However, it is already obvious by now that the Shamrock Showdown 2024 will offer once again very exciting 4-way and 8-way competition.

The Shamrock Showdown 2024 is also including the championship event of the Florida Skydiving League in its comeback year. Five local and regional teams attended the Shamrock Showdown 2023 and requested the comeback and repetition after a great meet experience last year. The first two Florida teams can already be found on the preview leaderboards, 4Action with the same lineup as at the USPA Nationals 2023, and new 4-way team Air Go with former CitiZens member Albert Etienne's family lineup, including his two twin daughters Rebekah and Hannah. Jim Rees is the event judge and will use the InTime scoring system. Registration will be open until the early morning of the first meet day on March 15th. Team names will be added to the preview leaderboards as soon as they are confirmed.


Shamrock Showdown 2024

March 15 - 17 at Skydive DeLand
Thursday, March 14
09:00 - SunsetTeam Registration, Training JumpsSkydive DeLand
19:00Meet Briefing, Competition DrawPerfect Spot
Friday, March 15
07:00 - 09:00Team RegistrationSkydive DeLand
09:00 - Sunset4-way and 8-way Competition RoundsSkydive DeLand
19:00Drinks + VideosPerfect Spot
Saturday, March 16
07:00 - 09:00Team RegistrationSkydive DeLand
09:00 - Sunset4-way and 8-way Competition RoundsSkydive DeLand
19:00AwardsPerfect Spot
Sunday, March 17 - Weather Day
09:00 - NoonOptional: 4-way and 8-way Competition RoundsSkydive DeLand
13:00Optional: AwardsPerfect Spot
Shamrock Showdown 2024 - Preview
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RankAAA ClassTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTotalAvg
-Arizona Airspeed US -------------
-France 4-way Open FR -------------
-Nephtys FR -------------
-Golden Knights US -------------
-Teiwaz US -------------
RankAA ClassTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTotalAvg
-4Action US -------------
RankA ClassTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTotalAvg
-Air Go US -------------
Rank8-wayTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTotalAvg
-GKXP8 US -------------
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