The selection event will not even include any skydiving. The candidates will meet with the Sports Director, IPC Delegate Trude Sviggum, former member of Norwegian national 4-way teams in the female category.
Norway applies a selection process that is based on scientific experiences in other sports and has been very successful over the years. The small Scandinavian country has continued to produce world class teams and competitors year after year.
The DeLand Norgies won three sets of bronze medals at the World Meets in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Arcteryx was not able to copy this success, even though the national team of the past years posted scores on the highest performance level in the world.
However, the team did not train and has offcially disbanded to make room for the next national lineup.
Nexus was the official national 4-way team this year and represented Norway at the FAI World Cup 2009. Ellen Cathrine Burchardt, Yngve Haugom, Marianne Nordlund and Kristine Willadsen, with Børre Christian Mørch on camera, finished in 14th place with a 14.4 average in the Czech Republic.
Trude Sviggum will have the final word after evaluating the situation very carefully and considering all the feedback that she gets from the team coaches and from other Norwegian sports experts who will be attending the selection event. The new lineup will begin with the team work soon after the decision has been made.
There are six candidates who are probably most eager to be selected for the new lineup. It is unlikely that DeLand Norgies members plan to come back, and the Arcteryx members have not really expressed their greatest interest, at least not for the moment. However, the selection doors are still open until this event is over.
The other two candidates are Frost members Tore Granmo and Kjetil Nordin. They ran their own player coach project throughout the 2009 season, while Nexus was officially the national team.
Nexus has consisted of four players who were selected as the national team last year after the same selection process. The team has been working with Italian coach Marco Arrigo this year who provided Sports Manager Trude Sviggum with all the information that he could gather after one skydiving season with the team.
Frost also competed last weekend at the ESL Championship 2009. This time, Ditta Valsdottir joined her former Acteryx team mate as a player coach, and Frost finished with a 17.1 average after the 10-round meet in the United Kingdom.
Ditta Valsdottir and Derek Broughton will also have some feedback for Trude Sviggum, as Tore Granmo and Kjetil Nordin would like to be members of the new Norwegian national 4-way team, too.
It will not be an easy decision, and it will be interesting to see what Norway will come up with this time to form the next world class lineup. The NSL News received the footage of the Nexus competition jumps at the World Cup and of Frost at the ESL Championship, thanks to CamScore. The audience can get a better picture of who might compete for Norway next year.