Did You Know...... that NSL-TV features the first official year of female 4way competition in 2001?
TNT/Norgie Girls with Bob Hallet
The previous trips into the past (10 November 2013 and 11 November 2013) covered top teams at the Shamrock Showdown 2005. This time, the Sun Path Products NSL News goes even further back and found videos of the Florida Skydiving League meet in May 2001.
The World Meet 2001 in Spain included the first official female 4way competition as a new Formation Skydiving category. Three female lineups used the FSL competition to get competition practice a few months before the first new FAI medals would be handed out. Two of the teams at Skydive DeLand eventually ended up in medal positions in Spain.
4-Pleasure from Sweden in DeLand
The first official competition in 4way Women was a thriller, where all four teams had their turn to get to the top position. Norway had the lead until Round 4 before Sweden caught up in Round 5, took the 1st place in Round 6 and still had the lead going into Round 10.
However, US team Synchronicity, with Eliana Rodriguez who would later win a gold medal in the Open Class, gained momentum and won the gold medals with the strongest Round 10. V-Max ended up without a medal after a bad Round 1. This changed in 2003 when the team won gold for the United Kingdom.
V-Max with coach and substitute Solly Williams
The British team was eager to take the bronze medal position in 2001 after finishing one single point behind the Norgies in 1999. The Norgies won by four points in DeLand and defended the bronze medal position successfully by seven points a few months later.
Last not least, the FSL meet also included the epic battle between Optic Nerve, with the late Dr. Joel Shugar, and Teiwaz. The NSL Shugar Cup will once again be handed out to the winner of the NSL Championship at SkyQuest 2013 this weekend.