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The last time that the NSL News offered an update of the US national team Fastrax Blue dates back to 9 October 2007 (Archives > 2007 > News > search for Fastrax Blue). Coach Thomas Hughes, member of the US national 8-way team, has been working with Fastrax Blue in the meantime, and the interview with Knight Trax on 18 January 2008 reminded the NSL News that it was time to catch up with Fastrax Blue, as well. Thomas Hughes provided new team information shortly after the last Knight Trax camp was over.
The tunnel training included 2-on-2 sessions with coach Thomas Hughes and his former XL teammate Pete Allum who has competed for the Italian national team Sinapsi PD in the past years. Thomas Hughes reported that Fastrax Blue still has not worked on increasing the speed yet, as he has already mentioned ever since he started working with the team. The main goal is to master all the technical details before the pace will be picked up.
The Fastrax Blue members were challenged mentally and physically at their tunnel camps. They trained in Raeford with their full skydiving equipment, as the video of the recent tunnel training shows. Coach Thomas Hughes put his own camera helmet on and filmed the team from all kind of different angles in the tunnel, which allowed him to provide very special feedback.
Fastrax Blue has a great advantage for this upcoming challenge. Coach Thomas Hughes has his own experiences with the same situation. He trained and competed with Sebastian XL from left-hand Twinotter doors and had to switch from left to right at the end of the 2002 season.
The World Championship of Formation Skydiving in France 2003 was held from Pilatus Porters, as well, and Sebastian XL took on the exit challenge together with the DeLand Norgies for the last duel of these two teams. Fortitudo member Lise Nansen can provide the same experiences to her new team, as the recent team story mentioned.
Fastrax Blue will then spend the summer at Start Skydiving in Ohio and train alongside the US 8-way team Knight Trax. The partnership with Knight Trax will allow Fastrax Blue to complete 400 - 500 training jumps this year. The next team update will probably follow after the February camp in DeLand.