The same team name has also become well known and popular in the Formation Skydiving community over the years. The Sun Path Products NSL News has followed the Cool Runnings 4way team from The Netherlands ever since it was formed with its first lineup in 2006.
The 4way story has become even more similar to the bobsled story since Cool Runnings never thought of competing at a World Championship of Formation Skydiving. In fact, Cool Runnings was almost like the role model for a recreational 4way team that was out to have fun and compete at the same time.
Paraclete XP Outdoor 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 6,17,15 B,11,16 18,N,22 9,4,F J,E,C,3 K,O,12,M 5,D,8 Q,13,14 G,7,H,10 1,20,21 Total Avg 15 Cool Runnings (NL) 4 11 9 13 13 9 7 8 10 9 93 9.3
It is now a fact that Cool Runnings is going down the same road as the Jamaican bobsled team did in 1988. Both teams even have some major things in common. It was a 4way bobsled team that competed in Calgary, even though there was no team videographer. Both teams are also moving pretty fast. Bobsleds can accelerate up to over 100 mph.
However, one of the major differences between the two teams is the fact that there is not much snow and ice in Jamaica, while there is a lot of Formation Skydiving competition in the Netherlands. The 4way bobsled team did not have any competition to qualify for the Olympics, which was completely different for the 4way skydiving team.
Cool Runnings 2013
Cool Runnings 2012
The 10.0 average was the big goal for the 2013 season, as the first Cool Runnings update this year reported on 19 April 2013. Eventually, Cool Runnings scored below 10.0 only once at the team's first meet and recorded an 11.3 average as the highest result of the first AAA Class year at the national championships.
The Sun Path Products NSL News covered the Dutch Nationals 2013 and the winning team NRG comprehensively on 9 October 2013, including the jump-off for the 4way title between NRG and Whooops.
Dutch Nationals 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 Rank AAA Class 18,L,N,Q 19,5,F M,20,21 K,J,10,22 E,9,7 1,O,14 B,4,17 P,11,C,2 8,H,16 3,G,6 12,13,15 Total Avg 1 NRG 16 13 16 15 20 14 16 15 15 14 10 164 14.9 2 Whooops 16 14 15 15 20 14 16 16 14 14 10 164 14.9 3 Cool Runnings 12 12 13 11 15 9 10 12 9 10 - 113 11.3
Whooops, the Dutch national team of the past years, was in a similar situation as NRG and had no plans for the 2014 season. That's when Cool Runnings suddenly appeared in the World Meet scenario.
The Dutch selection system provides the national champion team with the choice to attend the World Meet or not. The two top teams of 2013 passed on the opportunity, and Cool Running was next in order. NRG member Leander van Schriek explained the Cool Runnings situation at that point in time: "In the spirit of their team name they could not say no..."