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The German 4way team Dynamite did not make it to Round 10, despite being ahead of Sweden's national team Bardagi by one point after Round 9. Only the best six teams qualified for the final round of the World Cup, including two Russian teams. Bardagi was in 7th place but still made it to Round 10 in the European Championship where only one team per nation is eligible for medals.
Russia's second team Gradient Alpha was out of the European Championship after Round 9 but in for the final round of the World Cup. Bardagi had the 6th slot for Sweden. Dynamite neither had a slot in the final round for the World Cup nor in the European Championship. However, the 1-point advantage over Bardagi qualified the second German team for a slot with the top teams on NSL-TV...
|World Cup 2011||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Round 9||Round 10||Total||Avg|
|4||Sky Panthers Barkli||18||21||19||16||19||16||15||19||19||33||195||19.5|
It was the designed strategy for the meet that they would push their own limits as of speed and energy input. They knew well that they would only have a chance for a bronze medal if they pushed it to the edge on each jump. They had to put up with the three Russian Sky Panthers who won the bronze medals at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2010, plus Leonid Kazinets in Michail Kuznetsov's slot.
Gradient Alpha, the second Russian team with a world class lineup, joined the race for the World Cup bronze medals later after a slow start. The two point deductions in Round 1 put the unoffical amateur world champions of 2010 still behind both Russian teams.
The strategy was confirmed and brought the first results in Round 2 when Paratec-Saar won by two points over both Russian teams. The scores of Round 2 surely contributed to the German confidence level. There was no going back and no slowing down any longer. But there were still eight more rounds to go...
Long story in short words: It worked out well for the Germans. It was a horse race with Sky Panthers Barkli and Gradient Alpha all the way throughout the ten rounds, and it almost came to a jumpoff situation. Paratec-Saar saved a 1-point advantage over the finish line and won the first IPC 4way medals for Germany in the history of modern 4way Formation Skydiving competition, which began with the introduction of the current rules and dive pools in 1985. Congratulations to the Paratec-Saar members.