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Did You Know...

... that the Carolinas were the US Formation Skydiving powerhouse of 2013?

    Carolina 8way power: Golden Knights
posted Dec 20th, 2013 - The coverage of the USPA Nationals 2013 by the Sun Path Products NSL News included several NSL Talk video clips. One of the conversations took place in the Golden Knights headquarters at Skydive Chicago and was published on 17 September 2013.

It was after the recorded conversation when Golden Knights members pointed out that the Carolinas have become the powerhouse of Formation Skydiving competition in the USA. The Sun Path Products NSL News took notice of the topic without getting back to it ever since. However, it was a good point, and it is time to pay attention to the Carolina FS power.

USPA 8way competition is the easy part, as the event has been dominated by the Golden Knights since 2010. In addition, the Paraclete XP8 lineups have won USPA's 8way bronze medals for many years, and again in 2013. Vertigo's 8way lineup doubled the Carolina 8way gold collection in USPA's Intermediate Class.
USPA Nationals 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA/Open ClassG,9,C,PF,5,151,E,84,M,7H,N,B,O,314,20,LQ,K,12,1711,16,1910,A,182,22,DTotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed 38282226 33 232520192125525.5
2Paraclete XP4 28211923 27 201718151720520.5
3Golden Knights 26221722 28 152117161720120.1
4Carolina Turbo XP 26191922 24 181917161719719.7
Carolina Turbo XP
Golden Knights

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Carolina 4way power: Paraclete XP4 and Golden Knights    
The Carolina power was not as dominating in 4way as it was in 8way. However, the Carolina 4way teams still collected more medals than any other US regions and had their names on all three leaderboards (Open - Advanced - Intermediate).

Arizona Airspeed avoided a complete Carolina sweep in the Open Class. Paraclete XP4 (2nd), Golden Knights (3rd) and Carolina Turbo XP (4th) represented the Carolinas more than strongly in this category.

Of course, this was only the case on the USPA leaderboard where SDC Rhythm XP ended up on the bottom as a guest team. However, the three Carolina teams would still find themselves within the TOP 5, even if SDC Rhythm XP were eligible for USPA 2013 medals.
USPA Nationals 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA/Advanced ClassG,9,C,PF,5,151,E,84,M,7H,N,B,O,314,20,LQ,K,12,1711,16,1910,A,182,22,DTotalAvg
1ZeBone 21171416 19 121514101315115.1
2Dallas En Fuego 21161413 19 121212121114214.2
3Air Force Eufouria 17151416 22 13101281113813.8
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    Advanced Class gold: ZeBone
The Sun Path Products NSL News had introduced the winner of the Advanced Class, ZeBone, with stories on 14 October 2013 and on 5 November 2013. Both stories were showing that Paraclete XP was basically the center of ZeBone action, with player coaches Andy Honigbaum and Jan Lane guiding the team, both from North Carolina.

ZeBone was the only Carolina 4way team in a gold medal position at the USPA Nationals 2013 and won almost as clearly as Arizona Airspeed did in the Open Class. The Advanced Class competition had a field of 14 teams, which was also almost exactly the same number of teams as there were in the Open Class (15).

The Intermediate Class was extremely competitive with a total of 41 teams. The complete leaderboard shows how difficult it was to get to the medal positions. Vertigo 4 Black had to go through a jump-off with SDC Jetstream Tango to win the bronze medals for Carolina.
USPA Nationals 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAA/Intermediate ClassD,O,A,P13,420,B,18Q,F,2G,21,K9,M,HL,1,15E,N,11J,19,86,14TotalAvg
1Dallas Khaos Khobalt 169717 12 218109911811.8
2Prophecy 149914 11 1799101011211.2
3Vertigo 4 Black 1391015 12 1391110911111.1
3SDC Jetstream Tango 158912 9 2091181011111.1
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Ultimate goal: Carolina Turbo XP    
The Golden Knights have been stationed in Ft. Bragg and collected medals for the US Army and the USA as long as there has been Formation Skydiving competition. The increasing success of teams from Carolina has a lot to do with Paraclete XP building the first-class wind tunnel in Raeford.

Not only the teams and competitors from the Carolinas have taken advantage of the indoor training opportunity and improved their individual and team skills significantly. However, the results of the regular indoor training becomes most obvious with the success of the local and regional teams.

Carolina Turbo XP is one of the latest examples of Carolina 4way power, and the team is on the way to pursue the ultimate goal: 4way gold medals at a world championship. Turbo is also taking over the management of the Carolina Skydiving League, which has contributed significantly to the Carolina success, as well. It was a great year for the Carolinas, and 2014 could become even better...

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