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It was an update after Round 7 in the VFS 4-way competition where SDC Standard was three points ahead of Team4Speed. The same story included a video clip of the Best Trick competition in Freeflying.
The NSL News was actually planning to report the VFS 4-way competition more comprehensively. However, the traditional 4-way competition, including Arizona Airspeed's first appearance with the new lineup, kept the NSL News more than busy enough, and intelligent content information from other sources was not available. It is still never too late, and the leaderboard shows the final standings in the VFS Open Class.
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Team4Speed, with Fred Nenet, Nicolas Ratier, Julien Guiho and Raphael Coudray, are the reigning world champions from France. Yannick Poletti was filming the team at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2010. Philippe Schorno has guided the French national team to the gold medal level. He is a former 3-time world champion with the French TAG 4-way team of 1985, 1987 and 1989.
Arizona Arsenal, with Amy Chmelecki (Point), Steve Curtis (Inside Center), Ty Losey (Outside Center) and Jason Peters (Tail) was in 2nd place at last year's USPA Nationals, shortly behind Standard. Sara Curtis is filming the team in freefall.
The NSL News added a video from the judging perspective to this clip that shows the even more challenging job of the judges. The eye level perspective shows even more than what the judges can see on their screens. It was no surprise that it took a long time until the VFS scores were posted, and there were still quite a few disputes that were difficult to be resolved.
It is even more difficult to present the performance of VFS 4-way teams to the judges at an indoor meet. The team videographer can help to present the scoring formations properly to the judges in freefall, while the camera is static in the flying chamber. In fact, the VFS 4-way videographers are probably even more a crucial team member than in the traditional 4-way competition. Their flying skills must be at least as advanced as the ones of the scoring competitors.
The French team had a nasty Round 6 where they lost the round and the meet after being ahead for five rounds. The competition between the US team and France promises exciting competition in this event in the near future. Arizona Arsenal could not keep up with Standard this time.
The NSL-TV video clip finishes with a Freeflying big-way in the tunnel chamber. The NSL News did not count the number of freeflyers - but it was a very busy flying event. Vertical flying skills obviously save a lot of space in a windtunnel chamber, the visuals are very impressive.