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As usual, the NSL News received answers to the request for information from France without delay. Jerome David responded quickly and confirmed that the three former 4-way world champions of France Maubeuge, Davide Moy, Erwan Pouliquen and Julien Losantos, have joined forces with Paul "Polo" Grisoni.
However, national coach Jerome David has not sanctioned this line-up as the national coach for the World Meet 2006. This is different compared to the situation of the French 8-way and 4-way Women teams, which are already assigned with the line-ups that will represent France this year.
Jerome David's expectations of the French team's placement must have changed by now. He surely cannot know at this point which team will win the 4-way competition at the French Nationals 2006. However, fact is that there will hardly be a team in France that can challenge this new line-up.
This line-up discontinued after the silver medals in 2004, and national coach Jerome David launched a new project to build the next official national 4-way team in the Open Class. Erwan Pouliquen became the technical coach for the current French national 8-way team and worked together with Jerome David.
Paul "Polo" Grisoni was a team member of the previous French 8-way team that took the third place at the Mondial 2003 and is known as one of the top competitors in France. He will surely fit in with the three former 4-way world champions. The NSL News tries to follow up with more information of the new French line-up.
This new French line-up will also most likely become a contender for the gold medals and increase the group of medal contenders by one more nation. USA, France, Russia and Italy might be closer together in a 4-team race for the gold medals than any other group of that size ever before in the history of Formation Skydiving competition.
This situation will also make it more difficult for the underdogs from Belgium and Norway. The NSL News will follow up with more evaluations of the international situation and feedback from other top competitors.