Did You Know...... that "Gap Autrement Nice" expects a 21-point average at the World Meet 2006?
The NSL News received confirmation of this development in France from the French national coach, Jerome David, who mentioned that the team still has to win the French Nationals 2006 to qualify as the national team. The NSL News also asked the team members for additional information, and Julien Losantos provided direct feedback and details of the team plans.
France Maubeuge at the Malevsky Cup 2004
France has also recently been considering to join the NSL/ESL network in Europe. The NSL News will soon follow up with more information. Julien Losantos then confirmed that the rumor of the new line-up is true. The new team plans to compete and win at the French Nationals 2006 and represent France at the World Meet in Germany and the Malevsky Cup in Russia.
Awards at the Malevsky Cup 2004
The three Maubeuge members of the new 2006 line-up began to think about the plan to form a new team at the end of last year when they realized that France will be not represented in 4-way Formation Skydiving at the next World Meet in Germany. Jerome David had explained for the NSL News story on October 27, 2005, why France would not send a 4-way team to Germany.
Gold medals at the Mondial 2003
"France has always been a big nation in Formation Skydiving and in skydiving in general, and it was inconceivable for us to not see a French team fighting at the top level! That's why we requested in November 2005 to the French Federation the authorization to our team 'Gap Autrement Nice' to represent France as the French national team in Germany."
France Maubeuge after a jump at the Mondial 2003
This means that the new line-up is not qualified yet. However, the team members know that there will be no serious competition for them in France this year. They can afford a very casual training schedule, as Julien Losantos explained:
"Well, in regards of the training, we just plan to train on three weekends in Gap during June and July for a total of 50-60 training jumps. The French Federation does not give us money for training, and we also have other plans as individuals already."
2003 line-up on the creepers
"Last year, the French 8-way team competed at the Nationals in 4-way with two teams, just like Airspeed does at the USPA Nationals, and they scored above 20-point average. This year, the French Nationals are too close to the World Meet, and the 8-way team decided not to compete. There are some rookie teams, but they are not competitive enough to represent France at a World Meet.
New 2006 line-up with Polo
Well, the NSL News was shocked for the moment and before Julien Losantos admitted that he was not that serious about it: "Of course I'm joking." Then he provided details of Paul Grisoni's career as a 4-way and 8-way competitor.
French 8-way team with Polo in 2003
Paul Grisoni continued for a few years with this team and also with the 8-way rookie team "Sligos". Then he joined the French national 8-way team during the complete re-building process of the French team after the World Meet in Gap 1995. Polo has now been a professional skydiver for ten years, and he works as a coach and AFF instructor. He also trains teams and individuals in the wind tunnel in Paris, and he is an instructor for the French Federation.
French TAG team in 1987
However, Julien Losantos still believes that his new team is not one of the top favorites for the gold medals this year, and he explained the reasons for a careful approach to this year's top events in Germany and Russia:
Top contender in 2006: Italy Sinapsi PD
Even a 21-point average would be impressive enough with this plan. The NSL News appreciates this update from France, and one of the next French updates later this year will provide the scores from the French Nationals 2006 at the end of July.
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