There were many other great highlights and team record performances, as the skills level of all teams increases year by year. The Sun Path Products NSL News will catch up later with as many of those topics as possible. The first topic is the competition between Golden Knights and Aerodyne French Girls in 4way Women, which took place without a separate leaderboard.
It was one of the several battles within the competition that will be repeated on the upcoming weekend at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014. It will provide a very similar preview of the World Meet in Prostejov this year as in the other competition categories.
Paraclete XP indoor 2014 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 T. Avg 4way Women K,13,22 15,3,10 D,B,6,9 G,7,E,18 11,4,L A,21,1 J,Q,N,12 C,F,8,O P,17,M,14 2,16,20 T. Avg Aerodyne French Girls (FR) 22 20 35 26 23 24 26 28 28 20 252 25.2 Golden Knights (US) 18 20 30 27 22 24 27 28 25 20 241 24.1
Both national teams, Aerodyne French Girls for France and Golden Knights for USA, did extremely well at Paraclete XP. The Golden Knights attended their first and only indoor competition at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2012 where they finished with a 21.1 average. The 24.1 average last weekend speaks for itself.
The Aerodyne French Girls had posted a 22.5 average at the Aerokart Indoor Championship 2013 in the team's first year. Then they launched the 2014 season with a 23.7 average at the Wind Games 2014 and now followed up with a 25.2 average in Raeford.
World Cup 2013 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Rd. 11 Total Avg R AAA Class O,4,H,3 9,17,P L,1,G,12 7,10,21 16,E,A,15 8,2,B 18,5,Q F,14,K,N M,C,D,13 20,J,19 22,11,6 Total Avg 1 Golden Knights 22 25 17 17 19 18 21 20 24 20 17 220 20.0 1 Aerodyne French Girls 21 27 16 18 20 17 17 23 24 20 17 220 20.0
A year later, they met again at the World Cup in Prostejov before Laurence Herve broke her ankle and had to sit out at the Mondial Dubai 2012. Sophie Deremaux filled the slot and helped to win the gold medals for France in December 2012.
The World Cup 2013 brought both teams together for the first time with their current lineups, and the story of the exciting competition, including jump-off round and tie-breaking procedure, is well known. This battle even made more history, as the rules for the tie-breaking procedure are now being adjusted by the IPC.
The 24.1 average of the Golden Knights is impressive enough after the 21.1 indoor average of 2012. However, the French 25.2 average becomes even heavier after comparing it to the results of the Wind Games in January. NMP-PCH Hayabusa (31.4) and Arizona Airspeed (30.5) both scored higher in January, while the Aerodyne French Girls beat their own average (23.7 - 25.2) by over a point.
It was only a warmup event for both teams, and the first real showdown is coming up this weekend. Then they have four months to work with the experiences and try to change the outcome - or not. The winner of the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championships is traditionally the new world champion...