The Dubai project began years ago, and hosting the Mondial 2012 was one step on the way to generating world champion teams in the longer term. The Sun Path Products NSL News reported earlier this year that VFS 4way team Dubai Nexus now won the first gold medals for the United Arab Emirates at the World Cup 2013 in Banja Luka.
Eliana Rodriguez, Craig Girard and Alena Chistova (4way Women) have the job to get the traditional Formation Skydiving teams ready to pursue international medal positions in the future. Their teams have been around the world to compete at many events, and the latest trip brought the Dubai delegation to the USPA Nationals 2013.
USPA 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 4way AAA G,9,C,P F,5,15 1,E,8 4,M,7 H,N,B,O,3 14,20,L Q,K,12,17 11,16,19 10,A,18 2,22,D Total Avg 9 Dubai Asaar Black 22 16 10 16 15 13 15 15 14 13 149 14.9 10 Dubai Asaar Ladies 20 13 14 14 19 12 15 15 10 13 145 14.5 7 Dubai Asaar Yellow 17 15 12 13 17 11 11 11 9 9 125 12.5 Rank 8way Open 22,2,21 19,A,5 N,E,H,B,Q O,G,1,J 9,F,3 20,K,15 M,D,P,11 17,16,14 6,10,7 C,4,13 Total Avg 5 Dubai Asaar 8 11 11 13 12 11 13 9 11 11 13 115 11.5
The NSL leaderboard still placed the Dubai teams disregarding the guest team status. The five teams were in unusual categories this time. The national team Asaar Black is used to compete in the Open Class, and Dubai's "farm team" Asaar Yellow competed in the Open Class at the World Cup, as well. However, coach Eliana Rodriguez used the opportunity of a better matching field to sign up Asaar Yellow for USPA's Advanced Class competition.
The Dubai Asaar Ladies are used to having their own category with other female lineups at the international FAI/IPC events and was a part of the Open Class competition at the USPA Nationals. The new 2013 lineup ended up at both events between Asaar Black and Asaar Yellow.
|World Cup 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|6||Dubai Asaar Black||16||15||13||15||20||16||17||18||17||13||160||16.0|
|5||Dubai Asaar Ladies||15||16||13||12||15||12||13||17||14||14||141||14.1|
|15||Dubai Asaar Yellow||14||15||12||10||10||12||11||11||-||-||95||11.9|
|5||Dubai Asaar 8||15||9||9||10||10||10||11||14||13||14||115||11.5|
The same complete Dubai delegation had also competed at the World Cup 2013, and the modified leaderboard has links to most of the meet videos in the traditional Formation Skydiving events.
The Dubai Asaar 8way lineup finished at both events with exactly the same meet average. Former Airspeed 8way world champions Craig Girard and Eliana Rodriguez have guided the Dubai 8way team to a very respectable performance level. Dubai Asaar kept up with the Brit Chicks in Banja Luka and outscored US team TurbOcho at the USPA Nationals. The next 8way competition will be on home turf again at the 4th Dubai Cup.