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Those slow sequences usually decide whether the top teams can get to the 20-pointer level for all rounds of a meet, to only 21-pointers and higher, or even to 22-pointers, as Aerodyne Aerokart did it recently for the first time at the World Cup 2011.
The NSL News took a closer look at the record meets, compared the sequences with each other and uploaded as many videos of the slow rounds as were available in the archives. One result of the research is the fact that the ultimately slowest sequence in the dive pool has not been seen yet.
|2||Arizona Airspeed||23||22||22||24||19||23||26||22||19 (-2)||21 (-4)||221||22.1|
|Malevsky Cup 2007||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Rank||AAA Class||7 M 9||E Q D J K||5 10 21||N O 19 20||B 17 18||P 3 G 4||2 22 A||C 6 8||14 F 16||1 13 H||Total||Avg|
|World Cup 2007||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Rank||AAA Class||8 4 9||P 7 13||14 F 1||21 3 6||K N 2 5||L G 20 22||E 19 17||11 B J 15||M 16 O D||12 C Q 10||Total||Avg|
|USPA Nationals 2007||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|World Meet 2008||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Total||Avg|
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Four current top competitors have seen those sequences in 2008. Mathieu Bernier, Guillaume Bernier and Julien Degen competed for France, while Mark Kirkby won his last gold medal with Airspeed in 2008.
Mark Kirkby was also one level higher than his new team mates Thomas Hughes and Niklas Hemlin throughout the 2007 season. Airspeed Odyssey was the only 21-pointer team at this point in time, while Team Fastrax was on the 20-pointer level. The new Airspeed 2011 lineup came back to the 21-pointer level at the Valentine's Meet 2011, which will be a part of the next NSL News story.