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Before doing that and enjoying the videos of the two teams who went into a jumpoff round to break the tie after Round 10 there is also additional interesting information related to the article that covered the history of USPA's Advanced Class. The NSL News mentioned Frost as the first team coming back into the Open Class competition (2002) after winning Advanced Class gold medals (1999).
Frost actually went the other way around, as well, and even earlier. The team competed with Carlos Curti, Sally Lawrence, Ron Hill and Niklas Gummeson in the Open Class at the USPA Nationals 1998. USPA introduced the Advanced Class in its current format in 1999 and allowed previous Open Class teams to sign up. Frost, with Bob Healy for Ron Hill, used the opportunity and won the first Advanced Class gold medals before moving back up into the Open Class.
|USPA Nationals 2011||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||JO||Total||Avg|
|2||Perris Air Rush||13||11||12||12||14||15||12||14||16||17||136||13.6|
Another guest team, Qatar Falcons with German player coach Max Thiele, was also in the mix on the top of the Advanced Class leaderboard. However, the three eligible US teams showcased 4way competition at its best and featured the most exciting competition of the whole USPA Nationals 2011, together with the fellow teams on the top of the Intermediate Class leaderboard.
Spaceland Lite had the best start, won the first three rounds with sole highscores for each round over the closest rivals and seemed to be hard to beat. However, Round 4 changed the picture when Fallout and Start 4 both outscored the USPA leader.
Spaceland Lite had a 3-point lead going into Round 10, and the lead dwindled in the last round of the meet. The Advanced Class winner eventually saved a 1-point lead over the finish line and did not have to go up again for the jumpoff Round 11. The gold medals were secured, while Start 4 and Fallout had more work to do.
The new video clip includes the jumpoff round at the end. Start 4 won by two points, and Fallout ended up closer than ever before to the very top of the Advanced Class leaderboard. Fallout is one of the weekend teams who have been trying to win this category several times. Guest status in 2007, 6th place in 2008, silver medals in 2009 and 2010 have been the previous results. This year it was closer than ever for Fallout - one single point...