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Did You Know...

... that Paratec-Saar won the first medals for Germany in the history of modern 4way competition?

Last NSL-TV slot: Dynamite with German fans
posted Aug 11th, 2011 - Last not least, NSL-TV launches the video aftermath of the 4way Open Class competition at the World Cup 2011. The video features Round 1 of the teams that survived the second cut and made it to the final round, plus one more team.

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 2011Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7Round 8Round 9Round 10TotalAvg
Rank4way Open C,22,19E,M,1,212,9,16O,8,10Q,14,5P,17,K,1821,L,J,133,11,B20,G,H,4N,F,A,7TotalAvg
1Aerodyne Aerokart 22 27 23 22 26 25 25 24 24 3725525.5
2NMP-PCH Hayabusa 22 27 23 21 24 25 21 23 24 3924924.9
3 Paratec-Saar 16 (-2) 23 19 15 19 18 16 19 20 3119619.6
4Sky Panthers Barkli 18 21 19 16 19 16 15 19 19 3319519.5
5 Gradient Alpha 17 21 17 13 20 20 19 18 17 2718918.9
6EX3MO 15 (-1) 19 17 17 17 16 19 18 16 2818218.2
7 Bardagi 15 20 17 15 16 14 19 15 17 2917717.7
8Dynamite 14 18 16 16 17 17 17 17 17-14916.6
Bronze medals for Sky Panthers at the World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk
Once again, the penalties have now been added to the leaderboard, and it shows point deductions only for Paratec-Saar (2) and Italy's team Ex3mo (1). It was obviously not the greatest start for the German team. The team members told the NSL News that it was not a big surprise for them to see the first point deductions.

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.

Bronze medals for Paratec-Saar at the World Cup 2011
However, there was also a good side of the German 16-pointer and the two lost points. The Paratec-Saar members could see and feel that the strategy may work. They kept up with the Russian pace from the beginning and just had to get used to this pace to avoid the penalties.

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.

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