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France won this duel with a 20.1 average, Spaceland Blue finished with a 16.7 average. It was the start of the 2010 season for the US Blue with a new lineup, while the French Deep Blue is in the team's 3rd year with the same lineup. Both teams prepare for the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2010.
Spaceland Blue's coach Thomas Hughes explained in a live interview with XL members on 29 April 2010 that he and his team were neither surprised no discouraged by the results at the Shamrock Showdown. He is convinced that his team will be able to catch up in the time remaining, as the US team did in 2008, and then give the French team a good competition.
Team Bodyflight, with Tarnya Hollis, Amanda Kemp, Liz Matthews and Sarah Smith-Cannon in the lineup, is in the same situation as the US team. The lineup was put together late in the game and has one competition season to get ready for the showdown in Russia.
It will be just as much an intense time period for the British team as it is for the US team. Aerokart Deep Blue was obviously significantly ahead of Team Bodyflight, as well (27.2 - 24.6) in Bedford, and the competition videos of both teams will be uploaded very soon. However, the French team knows that both challengers will be much closer in Russia in August and will not rest in the meantime.
The UK team also lost six points due to infringements, while Deep Blue was one of the cleanest teams of the meet and lost only one point. The French team won the fast Round 2 by ten points (59 - 49) and created a big lead early in the meet.
This was a surprise, as the British team members are very well trained in the tunnel and were expected to score much higher in a round with only Random Formations. Considering the 10-point difference in Round 2 and the penalty situation the two opponents are probably much closer to each other than the leaderboard of the World Challenge 2010 actually shows.
Deep Blue is also more an outdoor than a tunnel team and will probably be even stronger with exits from the Turbo Let door in Russia compared to any windtunnel entry. The team members mentioned in the live interview with the NSL News on 23 March 2010 that their next goal is the 21-point average level.
This French goal also defines the benchmark for Spaceland Blue and Team Bodyflight in Russia. The next NSL News update in the female 4-way category will feature both teams' videos from Bedford and introduce the other female lineups at the World Challenge 2010.