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There were two different kinds of guest teams. Black Cat from Russia and the four teams from Qatar (Tigers, Falcons) and Dubai (Red, Gold) were traditional guest teams from other countries who visited for the competition experience. Other teams were actually US lineups with team members who are not eligible for USPA medals.
The NSL News begins the coverage of the guest teams with the visitors from other countries, today specifically with the teams from Qatar and Dubai. They are not new to the NSL News after competing at earlier events and additional feature stories. It seems as if there is a serious effort going on in Arabia to become a part of world class Formation Skydiving competition.
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He also coached most of them in the early stages of 4way Formation Skydiving before Solly Williams supervised a selection process to form the current Tigers and Falcons lineups and guide them to the next level. The two Qatar national teams have moved up into the AAA Class dive pool and are now the top performers on the Arabian Peninsula.
The 4way project in Dubai started later, and the two national teams, guided by Eliana Rodriguez (Dubai Gold) and Craig Girard (Dubai Red), are now trying to catch up with the Qatar teams. This internal Arabian race will probably push both countries to the top level of 4way competition very soon, as long as the financial support by the monarchic governments in both countries continues.
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The scores at the USPA Nationals show the Dubai teams closer to the Qatar teams than a month later in Dubai. There is a very simple reason for that. Former player coaches Eliana Rodriguez and Craig Girard have now left the active lineups and are coaching the teams from an external position. Naturally, the scores dropped between Eloy and Dubai.
The Qatar Falcons have this step still waiting for them, as German Paratec-Saar player coach Max Thiele has been pushing the team. The Qatar Tigers have been on their own for a while. The same Arabian battle between the same four teams will take place again at the Shamrock Showdown 2012, and an 8way competition will most likely be added, as well. It would be the first Arabian 8way competition in history...