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The ending on a sour note eventually turned into a happy end when French 4way and 8way member Emmanuel "Manu" Sarrazin posted a note in the poll's forum and acknowledged that the Golden Knights deserved the gold medals:
"Hello, the GK was the fastest team in Round 9, their jump was more fluid and they had two more points. They were the best, congratulation :-) Belle bataille. Manu Sarrazin"
|World Cup 2011||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Round 9||Total||Avg|
|3||Sky Panthers Barkli||17||15||14||17||16||15||19||19||15||147||16.3|
|4||Germany EADS||15 (-1)||13||14||9||16||15||22||15||14||133||14.8|
|6||UK Brit Chicks||10 (-1)||10||11||11||13||11||15||13||10||104||11.6|
|8||Russia Phoenix 11||11||8||9||11||10||11||9||11||6||86||9.6|
|10||Germany Saar 8||7||7||4||7||3||5||5||8||6||52||5.8|
A German 8way competitor may have expressed well how many others thought about the situation: "It's a difficult situation. The Golden Knights won the round and the meet and deserve the victory. However, it is still a joke that the scoring points were given."
He also added that the situation could have been avoided if the judges had not delayed the start of Round 9. He explained that the judges insisted on their lunch break before judging Round 10 in 4way, which caused at least a 45-minute delay.
That was the situation that the German competitor pointed out. He said that the judges could have scored Round 10 in 4way right away, so the teams would know whether a jumpoff between Sky Panthers Barkli, Gradient Alpha and Paratec-Saar would be next or the 8way competition with Round 9. Eventually, there was no need for a rejump, and the 15-minute call for the next 8way round would have avoided jumping in the approaching storm system. However, lunch came first, then the judging of Round 10 in 4way and then the call for Round 9 in 8way.
The German competitor, who was waiting for 50 minutes to hear what to do next, was upset that the judges gave lunch priority over working with organizer and teams to do everything for the completion of the meet. The Gernan 8way team still had reasonable conditions for their Round 9, while Aerodyne Maubeuge and the Golden Knights barely landed before the storm hit with very strong winds.
Germany's EADS team and Brit Chicks each lost one point in Round 1. The video of the German 8way team provides a good example for the usual judging standards. The point deduction comes at the very beginning of the jump when team videographer Alexander "Dude" Hau seems to be too far away from the first Bipole Donuts of Block 7, which did not count as a scoring formation.
The judges in the NSL News audience now have the opportunity to compare whether the German Bipole Donuts in Round 1 are easier to see or the formations and maneuvers of the Golden Knights in the last seven seconds of Round 9. It's not easy to be a judge...