Did You Know...... that Whooops and Cool Runnings have a lot in common?
Whooops 2005 - 2013
Whooops made it from the 4way beginner status in the Rookie Class of 2005 to becoming national champions and competing at the World Championships of Formation Skydiving in 2012. The 1.7 average after six rounds at the May meet of the Dutch Skydiving League 2005 was lower than where Florida Skydiving League team ZEUS started off last year.
After a quick progression through the categories for beginner teams, Whooops took on the challenge of the complete dive pool in the Dutch AAA Class of 2008. The starting level in 4way's top category was 11.6 at the Tomscat Trophy 2008. NSL-TV found a video in the archives that presented the 2008 lineup in its first AAA Class season.
Into the AAA Class: Whooops 2008 lineup
Gary Smith eventually moved to The Netherlands with his family and made it much easier for the Dutch teams to work with him on a consistent basis. He has also been coaching the Dutch 8way team M8trix and finally joined the active lineup as a player coach.
The Sun Path Products NSL News introduced the new M8trix lineup for the 2014 season on 27 November 2013, and it includes two Whooops members (Leon van Leeuwen, Mechie Voermans) who will give 8way priority this year.
Mastering the 15-average level: Whooops 2013 lineup
The story on 22 December 2013 then explained that Cool Runnings will compete for The Netherlands at the World Meet 2014 in Prostejov. The Cool Runnings history is very similar compared to Whooops and began just a year later.
The new Dutch national team made it from the Rookie Class to the World Championship of Formation Skydiving, even with the original lineup, in eight years. Cool Runnings started off with a 4.0 average in 2006. The goal for 2014 could also be the 15-average level...