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Areas of the USA where the winter weather does not force skydivers to hibernate can be active throughout the year.
Two other events in Florida are not 4-way meets, however, they are supposed to bring the 4-way fun to skydivers on the grassroot level who may turn into more or less serious competitors later on.
The 7th place was the the spot where the first "amateur team" ended up at. The first six places were taken by full time skydivers and competitors, except Tim D'Annunzio who is a businessman and politician who competed with Andy Delk, Dennis Rook and Brian Johnson in his Paraclete 4 lineup.
Katie Woods is looking at the higher spots of the Paraclete leaderboard, as she wants to get there one day. The Rhythm members have already made their move and taken one of the five top spots in the USA. In fact, they have actually moved up one position, as Rhythm finished in 4th place last weekend after the 5th place at the USPA Nationals 2010.
However, Todd Hawkins and John Hamilton are both world class 4-way competitors. The fact that SDC Rhythm XP is at the point where a "pickup team" of world class competitors cannot outscore the trained team any longer speaks for the Rhythm progression, no matter what. The Rhythm goal for 2011 is a medal at the USPA Nationals, and the Paraclete meet has brought the team one step closer to a medal position.
Rhythm coach Kirk Verner is in an even better position with his own team Paraclete XP4. He was in 4th place at the USPA Nationals and has now taken the 2nd place in the US rankings. The new lineup is working really well. The NSL News will follow up with this story later.