The Sun Path Products NSL News story on 30 December 2013 mentioned that "UK teams in the female 4way category are used to competing for gold medals, and Kaizen might not even think about the 3rd place". That is obviously the case, at least supported by the current results of the 4way Women poll. Kaizen has a solid lead.
Kaizen posted the impressive 17.9 average at the end of August at the UK Nationals 2013, and there has been plenty of time for training ever since. Kaizen may have used it and passed the 20-average level by now. However, the vote is a strong statement and makes the situation even more interesting.
UK Nationals 2013 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Total Avg Rank AAA Class 19,4,1 15,J,7 C,Q,17,12 L,13,10 9,G,20 H,11,2 K,8,21 P,6,M,14 N,E,5,16 O,F,A,22 Total Avg 3 Kaizen (UK) 15 20 18 12(-1) 19 17 17 20 19 22 179 17.9 4 Bodyflight Isis (UK) 14(-1) 19 14 14 19 17 15 20 17 25 174 17.4
Both top teams of 2013 have been pushing each other and know that they cannot stop if they want to win gold medals in the Czech Republic this August. The Golden Knights have hired Solly Williams to provide coaching services throughout the world meet. The French Girls have their busiest team season scheduled.
The first answers to the ranking questions and Kaizen's current position will come soon, as the UK team travels to Spain this month to visit coach Pete Allum and attend the indoor competition in Empuriabrava. That's where the French Girls will also post their first 2014 scores.
The French Girls will be well prepared for the indoor and outdoor double header competition after a 2-week training camp in Arizona right after the indoor competition in Spain. The French world travel continues after the visit in DeLand, as the World Challenge 2014 at Bodyflight Bedford will be next. That's a lot of competition practice in a short amount of time.
The French Girls have the scoring and performance level of the legendary Deep Blue lineup in their minds. Deep Blue had a reunion of the original lineup last year in Bedford and won with a 23.6 average. They may have to skip the 2014 event though, as Sophie Boulongne Deremaux is finally completing the new Deep Blue generation. But that's another story...