It's almost time....World Meet 2006, who's it gonna be?
I was waiting for someone else to start this thread since I started pretty much all the threads for the big competitions last year, but oh well...I'll step up and get this one going as well
4-Way This year we've seen more countries than ever before pushing out teams that have been posting scores in the 20+ range, US, Italy, Belgium, Russia, France, and I think the Brits have 21 potential this year as well(please chime in if I missed any countries). In past World Meet's its almost always been a battle almost exclusively between the US and the French for 1st place, this year it's shaping up to be a 5 way battle royale. I don't think the competition is going to be won by pure flying ability alone, it's going to be heart, drive, and how well each teams holds up under stress. The US team proved themselves under pressure at the 2005 nats when they came back from behind to tie the GK and later beat them in the jump off, and even though the Point flyer for the US Natsha is fairly new in the sport compared to some of the other teams she more than proved herself on the international stage last year at the Malevsky meet, it's going to come down to the last round and it's going to be close but I think we should have this one.
4 Way Women Everyone saw the score posted by the French female team last week, and I thought I heard something about the British women's team posting something close to that recently as well. It's awesome to see all female teams stepping up the scores to the same level as the open class teams, I would love to see a 20+ in the female class so we can just do away with female class and get our butts kicked by girls all the time(that would rock). I haven't seen any scores from the US team in the last few months but I'm sure they are pushing hard to be every bit as competitive, and honestly I can't decide which country really has the upper hand in this one, so I'm just going to go ahead and say Old Glory(that's the American flag for you Europeans) is going to be flying over the podium in this one.
8 Way This is the one I'm really looking forward to. The French team has been together for three years without any roster changes, and everyone knows the reputation the French have for excellence in this sport. They may have lost the World Cup in October but it was by a very narrow margin, and they were in the fight until the very end. The US team, Airspeed(the greatest team in the history of the sport in case you were wondering) has had a few roster changes in the last two years. Eric Gin, formerly of Fastrax came to the team this year already having some 8 way experience under his belt and I have heard nothing but good things about his flying for Airspeed thus far. Thomas Hughes, former British national team member, former Arizona Blade, and Alternate for Fire last year, Thomas is argueably one of the fastest guys in the sport(chop him off at the shins and he could be the British John Eagle!!), and watching his recent training videos you would never know that this was his first 8 Way team, he also has world meet experience with the British team, so he's no stranger to competition stress. Andy Delk and Brian Johnson have been on the team going on two years now, they were both on the 4 way lineup that crushed everyone else at the World Cup last fall and have won international events in 8 Way before. Andy H. has been on the team since 2003, he was with Airspeed for the World Meet in Croatia in 2004, a very experienced 8 Way flyer and current world champ. Eliana Rodriguez, has been on the team 5+ years now I believe, this will be her 4th World Meet with Airspeed, another current World Champ, and then there's her smile, need I say more?! Craig Girard heads up the 8 Way project for Airspeed, he was on the original 8 Way lineup after leaving the Knights one of the most experienced competitors in the sport probably pushing close to 30,000 jumps(I doubt he even know the exact number), and I believe 4 or 5 world championships to his name. And then there's the man himself, Kirk Verner, one of the founding members of Airspeed, has competed in every World meet since the early nineties and has walked away with a gold medal from all but three of them(and a silver medal ain't exactly something to laugh at), Kirk and Craig also fall into that list of fastest guys in the sport, every one of my videos of me doing 4 Way with Kirk you see him putting on the brakes as I'm still winding up to start my move, he be fast!!. Airspeed has the pure talent and skill, France has the experience and continuity as a team, it's going to be a rough meet for both teams and I think too close to call. Even though AS won the World Cup in October they did it flying much different than they are known for, they were right on the edge of losing it, that's how hard they were pushing themselves, they will tell you themselves, they were right on the line, any further and they would've have lost it. So stackin it all up I'm not even going to make a call on this one, I'm just going to sit here for 5 days in August glued to omniskore pushing refresh every 30 seconds and watching my nails dissapear. But you can sure as hell bet I'm going to be holding up a US flag the whole time screaming at the top of my lungs for my country.
I would have written more but I just looked down and realized that my underwear is on inside out and have to go fix it, underwear malfuntions can be traumatizing if not immedeatly mitigated.
(This post was edited by GQ_jumper on Jun 14, 2006, 12:41 AM)
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