Did You Know...... that Norway and the UK teams had internal battles in Menzelinsk?
Spaceland Blue debriefing in Menzelinsk
Rounds 7 and 8 of the female 4-way competition at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2010 have now been uploaded and are available for reviews.
The stories of the previous rounds explained that there was not really much competition in this category. All eight teams were in their final positions after Round 3, except Germany (ISB Air) and USA (Spaceland Blue). Those two teams battled for a little bit longer and until the US team finally shook off the persistent German underdogs. The situation after Round 8 was still the same and would not change anymore.
Joint venture in 8-way: Polaris and X3M4S Elements
The NSL News covered Aerokart Deep Blue's performance in relation to the Open Class leaderboard earlier. The French national team in the female 4-way category would have finished tied with Italy's national team Sinapsi in 6th place with a 23.6 average.
There were also other internal national battles that were at least very exciting for the engaged teams. Norway's 4-way teams X3M4S Elements (4-way Open) and Polaris (4-way Women) were done with their race after Round 8, as X3M4S Elements did not make it to the semifinals. The Open Class team won by four points after each team won three rounds and two rounds were tied. Both Norwegian 4-way teams then joined forces to compete in 8-way for Norway.
Satori - Saved by the bell?
In fact, Team Bodyflight reduced the 6-point deficit after Round 3 step by step and ended up one single point behind Satori after Round 9. Only the bell saved the Open Class team, as the meet was over for Satori after the semifinals. Team Bodyflight had another great jump in Round 10 and might have caught up with Satori.
However, UK's female national team benefitted greatly from Satori's penalty troubles. The NSL News counted a total of seven point deductions for Satori, while Team Bodyflight did not encounter any problems at all with the judges in Menzelinsk. Eventually, Satori got away with the second victory over Team Bodyflight after winning the UK Nationals 2010 by 19 points (207 - 188).