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There are several visiting teams from other countries, which will bring a real international atmosphere to this year's event. Former Airspeed 4way and 8way world champions Eliana Rodriguez and Craig Girard have brought their two 4way teams from Dubai to Eloy. They are player coaches and have amazing stories to tell about their teams. They promised to find some time for NSL Talk and more information.
Solly Williams is also visiting with the teams from Qatar that he has been coaching for a while. The members of the Dubai teams have only been skydiving for a year or less and will probably not be able to keep up with the Arabian neighbours from Qatar. However, they will surely have their own internal battle.
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Max Thiele will also meet again the complete Russian 8way team who won the World Cup bronze medals this August over Germany's team EADS. The Russian surprise delegation in Eloy consists of the Sky Panthers Barkli and Black Cat. 8way member Leonid Kazinets explained that Russia has separated the 4way and 8way lineups to focus only on one event. Barkli competes in 8way and Black Cat in 4way.
|USPA Nationals 2008||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||CSC Rhythm XP||15||19||22||16||12||21||14||16||16||18||169||16.9|
Kris Peterson, the other Blitz founding member, has already joined a new lineup. She competes with Alpha Armada members Becky Brocato and Annaliese Peterson. Lara Eisenberg, former Cross Keys Vision member, is the 4th member. This lineup may have the potential to offer the Golden Knights and SDC Furies XP a competition for the top spot in the female 4way category. The winner goes to Dubai next year...
|USPA Nationals 2009||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||SDC Furies XP||11||11||9||11||14||23||14||12||12||14||131||13.1|
Carolina Turbo XP is also back in Nationals action after two previous meets at the Carolina Skydiving League this year. It will be the first national championship in the Open Class for Turbo. The Carolina team won the Intermediate Class gold medals in 2009 and followed up with a set of Advanced Class gold medals in 2010. This forces Turbo into the Open Class competition where the pros and amateurs are in the mix together.
|USPA Nationals 2010||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Carolina Turbo XP||11||13||13||12||17||19||12||21||15||12||145||14.5|
Saturday night is Halloween party at the Bent Prop, and Arizona Airspeed members Thomas Hughes and Bill Schmitz prepared to do their share to scare the night crowd at the dropzone. Airspeed has scheduled a light training day for Sunday before the competition draw will take place at the end of the day.