Did You Know...... that the DeLand Norgies have a competitive reunion at the Shamrock Showdown?
DeLand Norgies in 1999
The team name DeLand Norgies has been posted at the event page since Lise Nansen, formerly Lise Aune, shared an announcement in January that the original lineup (Lise Nansen, Pal Kolbenstvedt, Torstein Valen, Carl-Erik Tuv) will have a reunion at the Shamrock Showdown this year:
"The Norgies have finally made it! We have co-ordinated our schedules which isn't the easiest thing to do when you have a pilot, a doctor and a fireman on the team and two of them have kids with ex-wives that also need juggling...
BUT! We will be coming to DeLand for a training camp and do the Shamrock!"
Thomas Hughes with XL in 2003
The DeLand Norgies won three sets of bronze medals at the World Championships of Formation Skydiving in 1999, 2001 and 2003 with this lineup. Two Arizona Airspeed competitors of the new lineup will remember the days when the Norgies stole the bronze medals three times from UK's XL lineups and just could not get to the silver medal position.
Mark Kirkby beat the Norgies with Airspeed in 1999 and 2001, while Thomas Hughes lost the battle for the bronze medals in Gap with the XL lineup of 2003. Mark Kirkby will probably outscore the Norgies again at the Shamrock Showdown, while Thomas Hughes has the chance to beat them for the first time.
DeLand Norgies reunion in 2004
In fact, it would be no surprise if the Norgies show up with a more than respectable performance at the Shamrock Showdown after a week of training. It will be difficult to keep up with the current Top 3 teams in the world (France Cypres Maubeuge, Arizona Airspeed, NMP-PCH Hayabusa). However, all other top teams better watch out for the Norgies.
DeLand Norgies reunion in 2006
Arcteryx retired after posting a 22.5 average at the World Meet 2008 in Maubeuge and left a similar gap as the Norgies did in 2003. It did not take too long though until the Norgies had their first reunion and then challenged Arcteryx a few times at the national championships in Norway.
The reunion at the Shamrock Showdown 2011 is an even more competitive affair, as the project includes probably the most outdoor training for the Norgies since 2003. Norway does not have an Open Class national team at the moment. Who knows what might happen if the Norgies score higher than anybody expects...?