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Did You Know...

... that Golden Knight Brian Krause provided a 2005 evaluation and a view into the future?

Golden Knight Brian Krause
posted Oct 19th, 2005 - The NSL News has already followed up on the results of the USPA Nationals 2005 with feedback from some of the top teams and competitors. DeLand Fire's Gary Smith and Fastrax' John Hart provided views from their perspectives in the NSL News stories on October 6 and October 11.

DeLand Fire and Fastrax will both compete at the IPC World Cup 2005 next week. The Golden Knights, silver medalist at this year's USPA Nationals after an exciting race with DeLand Fire that was concluded with a jump-off, will not attend the World Cup in Eloy. The NSL News asked the team for feedback, and team member Brian Krause kindly provided the perspective of the US Army team.

Golden Knights after landing from round 10 in Perris
Brian Krause is the new team captain of the Golden Knights, and he will form a new line-up for the near future. He explains in the on-line interview that he felt a lack of competition experience for the 2005 line-up, which might have been one of the reasons why the Golden Knights ended up in second place. He also mentioned that the new line-up will try to attend as many meets as possible next year, which could be good news for the Carolina Skydiving League. Here is the original feedback from Brian Krause.

NSL News: BK, the USPA Nationals are now more than a month behind us, the teams had some time to digest and evaluate the competition. Can you give me a brief summary through the ten rounds of the meet from the Golden Knights perspective, please?

Brian Krause: We seemed to be holding back through the first five rounds. We could not seem to relax and get into the flow of the jumps like normal. We made several small mistakes on every jump and just relied on our speed to carry us through the round. Overall, we could not get the “Go-For-It” going for us. After day one, we knew our lead was slim and we needed to pick it up. Day two was much like day one. We had mediocre jumps with several small mistakes. In round ten, when we almost funneled the first Zircon, we landed and figured we had lost the meet. We were lucky to make it to the jump-off.

Dirtdive for the jump-off
The NSL News recorded the scenes on the stage after round ten in Perris. Clicking here will download the video of the part when the Golden Knights saw their own round ten for the first time, and John Hoover commented it for the audience. Round ten can also be viewed once again by clicking here.

NSL News: The battle went back and forth between you and DeLand Fire. How was the emotional situation for the Golden Knights throughout and after the competition?

Brian Krause: There was more at stake at this year's Nationals than in the past, and everyone seemed to focus on his thoughts and concerns more inwardly. The atmosphere was much quieter in the team room than normal. After the completion of day one, we knew that we were lucky to go home with a lead. The second day started out exactly like day one.

Golden Knights at the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2005
NSL News: Did the competiton turn out as tough as you expected it, or was it harder/easier?

Brian Krause: We came to the meet with enough confidence. We knew we could win if we performed like we did in training, but we seemed to get out of our comfort mode.

NSL News: Did the other teams perform as you expected, or were there any surprises for you?

Brian Krause: Prior to the meet, we figured it would be a race between the Knights and Fire.

NSL News: Taking a look at the whole year, how do you see the Golden Knights 2005 season from the hindsight?

Brian Krause: In hindsight, this was the best year as a competitor that I have experienced. Never have I been a part of a team that got along together and performed as well during training. The only thing that was lacking as a team was competition experience. Ultimately, it was the lack of experience that killed us. We all have had competition experience at different times but that was only the 4th competition that we had as a team. We gambled on not going to Russia. We could have used the experience, but at the same time, we were afraid of getting burned out from the travel. We opted to stay home and have a short 8-way camp intermingled with 4-way. It was great to be able to bring back Cary, Vern, Kurt and Eric. We made around a hundred jumps together and came to the Nationals feeling like we had a good chance to win.

John Hoover - see interview after the first day of the USPA Nationals
NSL News: The Golden Knights have contributed great and exciting competition for this year's USPA Nationals and for the sport. What are your plans for the future? What does the future bring for the Golden Knights?

Brian Krause: As I am writing this, John has left the team to go back to Special Forces, and Brooks will return to Special Forces in January. During the summer, both of them came down on orders to return to their Special Forces groups in order to support the War on Terrorism. If we would have won the Nationals, those orders could have possibly been delayed until after the World Meet. John has contributed a great deal to the Golden Knights and the skydiving community over the last 10 years and will be missed. We will have a new team sometime in the beginning of November. The Golden Knights demonstration teams will be home, and we will have the opportunity to jump with them and find two future teammates. We hope to be training together by the middle of February. Hopefully, we will be back in the race sometime in the near future. We hope to see everyone at the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2006!

NSL News: Thank you for the information, BK, and good luck for the new team.

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