Did You Know...... that the German skydiving club FSC Remscheid sends two national teams to the World Meet 2006?
FSC Remscheid's line-up for the World Meet 2006
The Chicas dominated the competition in the female category as much as EADS and FSC Remscheid did in 4-way Open and 8-way. However, the Chicas with Petra Baerenfaenger, (Center Outside), Marion Thomas (Tail), Sylvia Maier (Center Inside) and Ruth Nietsche (Point) were unthroned at the German Nationals 2005, and FSC Remscheid's women make up the German national team for the World Meet 2006.
FSC Remscheid at the World Meet 2001
Birgit Powell and Kristina Monsees of the current line-up signed up for the very first FSC Remscheid team, and there was actually no other all-female team in Germany in 2000 and 2001. The Remscheid line-up with Kristina Monsees, Birgit Powell, Cindy Cooper, Frauke Lympius, Thomas Friess (Video) and Marion Thomas (Alternate) represented Germany at the very first official World Meet 2001 with a female 4-way category in Spain and finished in 8th position with an 8.3 average.
FSC Remscheid's President Klaus Mathies
Things changed for FSC Remscheid in 2002 when Sylvia Maier, Petra Baerenfaenger, Ruth Nietsche and Anja Bodtländer formed the Chicas. The new all-female team made 150 training jumps and won the DFV Cup 2002, which was the qualification event for the World Meet 2003 in France. FSC Remscheid competed with the same line-up as in 2002 and ended up behind the Chicas.
Chicas at the World Meet 2003
The Chicas had the same line-up as in 2002, while the FSC Remscheid line-up changed in May due to an injury. Kristina Monsees, Birgit Powell, Susanne Fleig and Katrin Schreyer began the training of the 2003 season with a winter camp in DeLand. The line-up in early 2003 was identical with the current 2006 line-up. However, the change in the line-up came when Susanne Fleig had to be replaced by Antje Prochnow after the injury in May 2003.
FSC Remscheid in 2005
The Chicas were already qualified as the German national team for the World Meet in Croatia 2004 after winning the German Nationals in 2003. However, they replaced Anja Bodtländer with Marion Thomas for the 2004 season. FSC Remscheid continued in 2004 and had to replace Birgit Powell who left Germany to live with her husband Rickster Powell in DeLand, Florida. Susanne Fleig had her comeback with the team after the injury in 2003.
Chicas with coach Gary Smith at the Malevsky Cup 2005
The 2005 season brought the most dramatic event for both teams. The Chicas with the same line-up as in 2004 competed once again at the Malevsky Cup 2005 and had a strong showing, which confirmed the team's favorite position for the upcoming German Nationals 2005, the qualification event for the World Meet in Germany 2006.
FSC Remscheid in action
The Chicas completed the meet with Anja Bodtländer who came back as the alternate for the team after becoming a mother in 2004. It was her first jump with the Chicas since she left the team in 2003. The Chicas did well for the remainder of the meet and did not give up any more points. However, the damage was already done, and FSC Remscheid won the German Nationals 2005 and qualification event to the World Meet 2006.
Antje Prochnow grounded after the injury in DeLand
The Chicas winter camp in DeLand coincided with the first 2006 training camp of the same FSC Remscheid line-up in preparation for the World Meet in Germany 2006. The NSL News used the opportunity to collect information for this story when a new injury problem occured for FSC Remscheid after a hard landing of team member Antje Prochnow.
FSC Remscheid line-up before the injury
The provided information explained that the injury turned out to be more serious than it looked like in February. The team was forced to make a tough decision how to move on in the year of the World Meet on home turf. It did not seem as if Antje Prochnow would be back early and strong enough, and FSC Remscheid decided to ask former team member Kristina Monsees back into the team's 2006 line-up.
FSC Remscheid's Club President Klaus Mathies and the team thanked Antje Prochnow in a personal letter for her "unconditioned efforts for the team, her skydiving club and Germany".
Chicas with the new line-up
FSC Remscheid will represent Germany on home turf this year, and the Chicas will continue as planned. The World Meet 2006 is the major event of the 2006 season. However, the Chicas have meets of the German/European Skydiving League and the Malevsky Cup 2006 on the agenda.
Both teams maintain the natural rivalry and still enjoyed a friendly relationship during the training camp in DeLand. They will have to wait until September 2006 until they might have the first direct confrontation this year. The DFV Cup 2006 is the qualification event for the next international competition. Germany is one of the very few countries that have a separate female 4-way category at the major events, the German Nationals and the DFV Cup. The NSL News will follow both teams on their way through the 2006 season.