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Only the Russian Sky Panthers have fallen behind, and the downslope began already in yesterday's Round 6. The Sky Panthers lost three more points in Round 7 and one more point in Rond 8 and have little chances for gold medals any longer.
The best 10 teams of the World Cup 2007 include more than only one team per nation. Four teams from Russia (Sky Panthers, Black Cat, Sky Tec-BBC and Crossroads), the best three teams from France (Maubeuge, Aerokart Seloger.com and Maubeuge Perros), Belgium (Hayabusa Defence), Norway (Arcteryx) and Germany (Next Generation) will compete in Round 9 and try to make it to the finals and Round 10.
Dr. Rainer "Exi" Hoenle has more insights from the competition site in Stupino, Russia.
Denmark's Danish Blaze had the team's best jump of the meet and was lucky at the same time. The juging panel did not see an incorrect grip in the Murphy at the end of Block 17.
The Sky Panthers lost another scoring point due to unclear separation and finish with 21 points in Round 7. The Russian team has already protested judging decisions three times in this meet. Reason for the protests has been inconsistent evaluation of the different teams by the judges.
Black Cat has become the better looking Russian team at the moment with a cleaner performance. The Black Cat style looks currently like Hayabusa Defence and France Maubeuge. All three teams scored 24-pointers.
The Sky Panthers' feeling of unfair judging ist not covered by any rules and cannot be protested. The total of 150 Euro is lost, and the reputation of the team has not improved. It also does not look very promising for the Sky Panthers as of the chances for gold medals, or even silver medals.
It's now time for the semifinals, and we all anticipate the exciting duel of the two top teams in Stupino.