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Did You Know...

... that the DeLand Norgies have a competitive reunion at the Shamrock Showdown?

DeLand Norgies in 1999
posted Mar 4th, 2011 - A very special treat is waiting for teams, competitors and audience at the Shamrock Showdown 2011.

The team name DeLand Norgies has been posted at the event page since Lise Nansen, formerly Lise Aune, shared an announcement in January that the original lineup (Lise Nansen, Pal Kolbenstvedt, Torstein Valen, Carl-Erik Tuv) will have a reunion at the Shamrock Showdown this year:

"The Norgies have finally made it! We have co-ordinated our schedules which isn't the easiest thing to do when you have a pilot, a doctor and a fireman on the team and two of them have kids with ex-wives that also need juggling...

BUT! We will be coming to DeLand for a training camp and do the Shamrock!"

World Meet 2003Round1Round2Round3Round4Round5Round6Round7Round8Round9Round10TotalAvg
RankOpen Class1-11-12M-J-E-10K-16-613-14-5D-22-49-C-Q-NF-19-212-20-L18-B-38-P-7TotalAvg
1France Maubeuge16 26 23 19 21 37 24 21 19 23 22922.9
2Golden Knights17 24 22 19 18 35 22 18 19 20 21421.4
3DeLand Norgies13 24 21 19 18 36 19 16 19 21 20620.6
4Sebastian XL14 22 21 19 17 34 21 18 19 20 20520.5
Thomas Hughes with XL in 2003
The Norgies will arrive on March 7 and train 4-way for a week. The second week, Lise's husband Nicolai Nansen, Polaris member Sissel Maria Finnseth, Esben and former Arcteryx member Ole Petter Hjelle will join the Norgies for some 8-way jumps before the Shamrock Showdown begins.

The DeLand Norgies won three sets of bronze medals at the World Championships of Formation Skydiving in 1999, 2001 and 2003 with this lineup. Two Arizona Airspeed competitors of the new lineup will remember the days when the Norgies stole the bronze medals three times from UK's XL lineups and just could not get to the silver medal position.

Mark Kirkby beat the Norgies with Airspeed in 1999 and 2001, while Thomas Hughes lost the battle for the bronze medals in Gap with the XL lineup of 2003. Mark Kirkby will probably outscore the Norgies again at the Shamrock Showdown, while Thomas Hughes has the chance to beat them for the first time.

Florida Skydiving League 2001 - January Meet
1Brazil FX 21.2016202019202311819.7141.60
2Optic Nerve1.4914171614 (-1)16179415.7140.064
3Teiwaz1.551315 (-2)151415158714.5134.853
4DeLand Norgies1.00
5Sebastian XL1.151420 (-2)
6Brazil FX 11.2315181717181810317.2126.69
7DeLand PD Blue1.001621
8Chicago Blue1.411112131113137312.2102.93
DeLand Norgies reunion in 2004
The NSL News found the leaderboard of the FSL January meet in 2001 and the DeLand Norgies videos of the same meet. The audience will probably be impressed how well the team performed in 2001. The 22.2 average after six rounds would still be competitive a decade later.

In fact, it would be no surprise if the Norgies show up with a more than respectable performance at the Shamrock Showdown after a week of training. It will be difficult to keep up with the current Top 3 teams in the world (France Cypres Maubeuge, Arizona Airspeed, NMP-PCH Hayabusa). However, all other top teams better watch out for the Norgies.

The video also shows three of the DeLand Norgies at the World Challenge 2010 where they competed with Nicolai Nansen in the lineup (Norgies 40).

DeLand Norgies reunion in 2006
The DeLand Norgies never really withdrew from 4-way competition. They took a longer break after the World Meet 2003 in Gap, and other national lineups tried to fill the gap in Norway. It took a while until Arcteryx made it to the same performance level and eventually posted even higher scores than the Norgies.

Arcteryx retired after posting a 22.5 average at the World Meet 2008 in Maubeuge and left a similar gap as the Norgies did in 2003. It did not take too long though until the Norgies had their first reunion and then challenged Arcteryx a few times at the national championships in Norway.

The reunion at the Shamrock Showdown 2011 is an even more competitive affair, as the project includes probably the most outdoor training for the Norgies since 2003. Norway does not have an Open Class national team at the moment. Who knows what might happen if the Norgies score higher than anybody expects...?

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