Did You Know...... that ISB Air gave Spaceland Blue a good competition in Menzelinsk?
Awards for female 4-way competition in Menzelinsk
The NSL leaderboard after Round 4 includes the point deductions for the latest two rounds. It also shows that there was actually only one serious competition going on at this point in time, which was still very early in the meet.
Aerokart Deep Blue had created a 10-point lead after Round 4, and Team Bodyflight was just that far ahead of the next teams and safely in 2nd place. Similar distances separated all other teams, as well, except US team Spaceland Blue and ISB Air from Germany.
ISB Air at the mockup with coach Gary Smith
Spaceland Blue had to realize early that only the bronze medals were realistically in reach, and they did not seem to come easily. ISB Air was keeping up with the US team and was only one single point behind the bronze medal position after Round 4.
Both teams had won two rounds each, and the penalty situation was about the same. It looked like the German team had the potential to keep this race going after the first two rounds had surprised the US team.
Spaceland Blue at the mockup with coach Thomas Hughes
The 2010 lineup with new member Susa Serra in the Center Outside slot was only together for one year, and the lineup will now change again. Sarah Hajooze, Anne Heinrich and Pia Weingart will continue with a new ISB Air member after Susa Serra filled the open slot for one year.
The 3-way seems to have made the choice, as ISB Air just completed an indoor training camp with Petra van Overveld. The NSL News is waiting for official confirmation of the new team member and will then follow up with more information.