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The NSL News followed up with another story on February 24. This time, the challenger, Fastrax Select, was introduced with profiles of the team members and more background information. The NSL News had visited the Fastrax February training camp in Lake Wales and collected additional information of both Fastrax line-ups.
The NSL News story on March 9 offered insights after this visit and covered the male line-up of Team Fastrax. The female Fastrax line-up with Michelle Carlstrom, Elisa Behnk, Kris Byrne and Tammi Rettig also provided the NSL News with additional insights by then.
The Fastrax Select training camp continued in Lake Wales until Sunday, February 20, while the male line-up was done with more than 150 jumps under the belt on Friday of the same week. Fastrax player coach Niklas Hemlin remained on site to work with Fastrax Select for the remainder of the camp, as well. Hemlin also coaches the team while Fastrax is training, as mucb as time allows.
Michelle Carlstrom confirmed that she met with John Hart at the USPA Championship 2004 in Perris. However, she had already met with Fastrax members at a training camp in DeLand in 2003 and kept in touch. Carlstrom and her "Down to Earth" teammates Elisa Behnk and Kris Byrne gave Fastrax a lot of credit for their performance in Perris and when they ended up on the podium.
Carlstrom discussed a women's Fastrax line-up with Hart after the competition in Perris, and they agreed on the goal to give Synchronicity a better competition. Hart offered to follow up and discuss the details. The three Down to Earth 2004 members made plans for 2005 and asked Tammi Rettig to join the team.
The NSL News was also interested in the team members' views of the recent dive pool and rule changes. The Select members make just as much fun of the Star as a Random Formation as the Fastrax males. Block 5 (Opal - Opal) seemed to be an easy change. Select was still waiting for coach Hemlin's input on the technique by the time of the interview.
Fastrax Select had not trained the new block techniques by then. Block 12 (Bundy - Bundy) sounded interesting and not difficult to the team members. The new penalty rules should make the actual judging easier. However, it will still be necessary to observe the results of the first meets.
Last topic of the interview was the Women's Class in general. All Fastrax Select members like the situation of competing directly with males in the same class and even in the same team. "This is generally a unique situation in sports," mentioned PR professional Elisa Behnk. Kris Byrne added: "However, we all like the female style of skydiving, which seems to be smoother than the male style. We all have experienced man-handling in freefall and do not like it."
The three former Down to Earth members have tried for three years to build a team that would be on the same scoring level and competitive with Synchronicity. They learned that it is very difficult to catch up with a top team without the necessary resources. Finally, they have the chance to make it happen with Fastrax Select.
The FSL Shamrock Showdown 2005 will be the first competition for Fastrax Select. The team looks forward to the challenge and knows that the pressure will be on. "We have to learn to live with this kind of meet pressure, as we have discussed and agreed on with our coach and Team Fastrax", explains Kris Byrne. Fastrax Select will also compete at the events of the Mideast Skydiving League 2005. The Shamrock Showdown is only three days away.