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The first competition of the Coupe de France 2006 was already covered in length with the NSL News story on June 7 and included impressive scores by the French national 4-way team in the female category and the French 8-way team. Sweden competed on the same weekend together with France and has also a similar schedule with three meets in the summer.
Team Spaï, of the skydiving club Cirrus-Göteborg, took the first place quite easily with 13.3 meet average after six rounds. It was the first competition for the team this year. Mats Svensson, a former member of the Swedish top team Velox, replaced Lena Erlandsson for the 2006 season.
Lena Erlandsson had won a 4-way bronze medal with the Swedish female team at the World Meet 2001 in Spain. Team Spaï scored a 16-pointer in the 3rd round at beat Sweet4 from Stockholm by a total of 14 points. The real competition for Team Spaï was not present at the first meet and will offer a serious contest at the next meet.
The Swedish association has obviously not decided yet which team will compete in Germany. Team 42 had a great showing at a recent tunnel competition in the United Kingdom and will offer strong competition. The 42 line-up with Johnny Olsson, Joar Stenquist, Jens Thogersen and Andreas Wittbom was the national team last year and competed at the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2005. Team 42 finished with a 12.7 average at the March meet in DeLand.
The Tigers from the Arctic Circle Skydivers in Finland took the third place in the AAA/Open Class competition in Sweden. The Tigers will be training for two weeks at the Swedish Basic Camp in Gryttjom. The organizors of the camp have hired world class coaches, including former DeLand Norgies member Lise Nansen-Aune, reigning DeLand Majik 4-way world champions Joey Jones and Dough Park, Kenneth Eriksson and Mattias Nord. The Tigers plan to compete at both the Swedish and the Danish national championships in July.