The list of participating national teams is complete and has been added to the event pages of each category. The 8-way competition will feature only the race for the gold medals between the three 8-way giants France, USA and Russia. No other nations have registered 8-way teams for the event. Nine teams had competed at the World Meet 2008 in Maubeuge, France. Italy is not trying to defend the bronze medals of 2008.
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It is a different field though in the female category. Spain, Belgium and Australia are not back with teams for this year's world meet. France, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and USA have female 4-way lineups once again. Russia and Sweden are back in this event after sitting out in 2008, Sweden even longer. Brazil and China are brandnew in the female 4-way category.
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Only one of the three top contenders comes back with the identical lineup though. Sophie Deremaux, Bérangère Duplouy, Françoise Simons-Hamouchi and Amélie Tirman have continued to train and compete with the same Aerokart Deep Blue lineup since the 3rd place in 2008.
Team Bodyflight (Tarnya Hollis, Amanda Kemp, Liz Matthews and Sarah Smith-Cannon) now represents the United Kingdom, and only Sarah Smith-Cannon was in the lineup that won the gold medals in 2008. Claire "Sparky" Scott, the second reigning world champion, is the alternate for Team Bodyflight.
Germany and Norway are also back with teams in the female category. Norway has a 3-way from 2008, as well. Trude Sviggum, Kristine Willadsen and Ellen Burchardt were members of Norway's national team of 2008, Fortitudo. Sissel Maria Finnseth is completing the new Polaris lineup.
Germany has a new team. The Chicas competed for Germany in 2008, won the next qualification in 2009 and then withdrew earlier this year. ISB Air is now the German underdog in Russia who will try to keep up with the three top contenders.
Sweden was a strong part of IPC's new female 4-way category in the early years, beginning with the test event at the World Meet 1999 in Australia. Bronze medals at the World Meet 2001 in Spain followed the 3rd place of 1999. However, the Swedish engagement ended after the 4th place at the World Cup of 2002. Sweden now comes back with a female 4-way team after a 7-year break.
Brazil and China have never had a team in the female 4-way category. It will be interesting to see what both new teams have to show in Russia. The NSL News will introduce the field of the 4-way Open Class competition later.