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There is no doubt that the second day of the 8-way competition will be extremely exciting and telling. It seems like Aerodyne Cypres Maubeuge created the 3-point lead by trying as hard as the team potential allows, while the US Army team puts the scores out as they were expected after an intensive training schedule.
The Golden Knights want to win, no doubt, and they cannot expect the French 8-way team to slow down. Coach Erwan Pouliquen is a former 4-way world champion and won the 8-way gold medals in 2006 and 2008. He knows his business, and he knows the potential of his current lineup. It is very unlikely that he will call his team back and perform more conservatively.
The Golden Knights will simply have to increase energy and pace if they want to catch up. A 3-point difference is not much at all, but it needs to be reduced somehow. The first jumps on Tuesday morning will tell what the strategy is on both ends.
The NSL-TV captured a few rounds of Round 4 in the female 4-way category on Monday evening. The video is available now and shows Sweden, Germany and the US team. Spaceland Blue and ISB Air are battling for the bronze medal position, with the German team as the underdog and surprise of the meet. The US team is aware of how close the Germans are and took back the 3rd place in Round 4 with an energetic performance. Both teams lost two points each, Blue still won by two points and is now one single point ahead.
By the way: the video quality should become significantly better very soon, while it will take longer to show them. The Russian host promised to provide copies of the original footage on DVDs that the NSL News will then forward to the audience as soon as possible.