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Arcteryx Point Ditta Valsdottir mentioned that her team was looking for more competition practise and also for the opportunity to build confidence by posting higher scores. The second meet of the Florida Skydiving League last weekend in Lake Wales gave the Norwegian team to chance to achieve both goals.
The competition draw for the 6-round meet was probably one of the fastest in the history of the National Skydiving League. Rounds one, three and four each consisted of random formations and only one block. The sequence of round five included two blocks, however, one of the blocks was the fast Block 9 (Cat+Acc - Cat+Acc). Most of the random formations were drawn at the beginning of the sequences and gave the teams a head start against the clock. It was surely a great opportunity to post high scores for each team competing last weekend.
Once the meet was completed in Lake Wales, the Norwegian team was very eager to learn the results of the Southwest Skydiving League competition in Eloy. Both Airspeed line-ups, Odyssey and Velocity, attended the event on their home turf. The Arcteryx members knew that Airspeed's SSL scores would reflect the value of the Norwegian scores in Lake Wales.
The Norwegian team will still be happy after studying the SSL results. Airspeed Odyssey finished the 6-round meet only one point ahead of Arcteryx with a 20.8 average, while Velocity won the AAA Class competition with an impressive 22.8 average.
Acteryx will have a good reason to be happy with the team's scores. Finishing close to Odyssey means a lot, even though this Airspeed line-up competed with an alternate. Any team could not wish for a better alternate than John Eagle. However, Velocity's 22.8 average was still the real benchmark for the Norwegian team.
The direct comparison shows Velocity ahead of Norway by a 2.1 average after six rounds. Arcteryx still managed to match Velocity's score in rounds one and two. The fast rounds three, four and five put Velocity far ahead. The NSL News will try to get feedback from the Norwegian and the Airspeed headquarters as soon as possible.
Both events in Eloy and Lake Wales had much more exciting competition, and the NSL News will follow up with the meet stories and NSL-TV very soon. Stay tuned.