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Did You Know...

... that Arizona Airspeed has never lost the Shamrock Showdown/Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship?

   
    Three top teams at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012
posted Feb 8th, 2014 - The Sun Path Products NSL News recently posted the first overview of the teams who are registered early for the World Challenge 2014. It was another preview or review of indoor events that have taken place in the winter months or are coming up soon.

The drought of the outdoor coverage will soon be over, as the annual Valentine's Meet is once again the beginning of the 2014 competition season. Then the first major event, the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014, will bring together the best teams in the world at the beginning of March.

The registered teams for the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014 once again promise a small version of the World Championship of Formation Skydiving, and this year's field is even better than ever.
4way AAA/Open: Arizona Airspeed (US), NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE), Maubeuge Aerodyne (FR), Evolution (CA), SDC Rhythm XP (US), Sunny Wind (RU), VAF Warriors (DK), Voodoo (ZA), Carolina Turbo XP (US), China (CN), Dubai Asaar (AE), Tigers (FI), Vision 99 (UK), Hexagon (SE), Nova (SE), Teiwaz (US), Bonobos (INT)
4way AAA/Women: Aerodyne French Girls (FR), Golden Knights (US), Fire (SE)
8way Open: Golden Knights (US), Aerodyne Maubeuge (FR)
4way VFS: Team4speed, Evolution (CA)
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Two best female 4way teams at the World Cup 2013    
The best three 4way Open Class teams in the world (Arizona Airspeed, NMP-PCH Hayabusa, Aerodyne Maubeuge) will check each other out five months before the world meet in Prostejov, Czech Republic, while Canada's national team Evolution will show whether the three Lemay brothers with Katie Woods have a chance for medals this year or not.

It's not only the best of the best in the 4way Open Class competition. The two best female teams in the world, Aerodyne French Girls and Golden Knights, will also have their first outdoor showdown this year. The same teams in 4way Open and 4way Women will also compete at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2014 on the previous weekend.

It gets even better - if this is possible. The Golden Knights and Maubeuge Aerodyne, gold and silver medal winners in 8way at the Mondial Dubai 2012 have agreed to compete in DeLand, as well. It's the first outdoor competition for the new French national lineup.
Shamrock Showdown 2008Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class18,7,159,10,144,F,M,AL,H,E,63,P,5G,C,J,D,B12,13,Q1,16,2021,N,O,219,11,22TotalAvg
1Airspeed Odyssey (US)21223230 25 42221722  1925225.2
2Maubeuge (FR)21183028 24 45211922  1924724.7
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Shamrock Showdown 2009Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class12,P,1017,5,16Q,8,O,F18,22,M13,21,4B,L,1,H2,14,206,11,J19,15,GK,7,C,3TotalAvg
1Airspeed Odyssey (US)21233021 21 29182321 2222922.9
2Aerodyne Maubeuge (FR)21242721 19 28162321 2622622.6

   
    2012 world champions in 8way: Golden Knights
This is still not the end. Two of the best VFS 4way teams in the world, The French Team4speed world champions and Evolution, will also have their own showdown in DeLand. Team4speed are the reigning VFS 4way world champions of 2012 and come back in 2014 with the same lineup as in 2013.

Evolution will have the first test of the double duties. The three Lemay brothers Martin, Vincent and Benoit are competing in both 4way Open and 4way VFS. Jean-Christophe Ouimet is the fourth VFS member. It will be a tough test, as both events run parallel at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014.

The competition in DeLand is promising a great preview in all four Formation Skydiving categories of what will possibly happen later this year in Prostejov.
Shamrock Showdown 2010Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class12,2,BE,K,M,H,11L,3,22C,4,1813,D,J,120,16,17Q,14,8O,F,6,1021,G,9P,19,5TotalAvg
1Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)21322119 26 212226292724424.4
2NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)20331722 23 191922262222322.3
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VFS 4way world champions of 2012: Team4speed    
It is not new for the regular Sun Path Products NSL News audience that the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship usually provides a very accurate forecast of the later results in a world meet year.

The event generated the future world champions every single time in the recent history of Formation Skydiving competition. The three medal winners in the 4way Open Class of 2012 in Dubai competed in DeLand in 2011 and 2012. Arizona Airspeed won both years, while NMP-PCH Hayabusa and Aerodyne Aerokart switched their positions between the Shamrock Showdown 2011 and the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012. The results at the Mondial 2012 were exactly identical with the ones in March 2012 in DeLand.
Shamrock Showdown 2011Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA ClassN,H,3,1J,4,C,137,17,19B,20,1512,22,MF,18,2E,16,9G,8,21P,A,11,1410,Q,D,LTotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed (US)25252524 20 253022242924924.9
2Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)23242324 19 232923242423623.6
3NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)21232223 19 212820222922822.8
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Paraclete XP Outdoor 2012Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA ClassQ,8,H,2216,19,1310,14,2E,C,20,K5,M,9A,6,F,17D,21,N,BP,O,G,J,118,4,712,15,3TotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed (US)25201835 36 253331232026626.6
2NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)23212033 34 293030202126126.1
3Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)23211933 29 282829232125425.4

   
    Arizona Airspeed at the Shamrock Showdown 2008
The story of the DeLand showdown between the best teams in the world began in 2008 when Airspeed Odyssey defeated Maubeuge in March in DeLand and then again in August at the world meet in Maubeuge, France.

The same two teams came back a year later and finished with the same outcome, just a little bit closer to each other.

Airspeed Odyssey skipped the Shamrock Showdown 2010, and NMP-PCH Hayabusa visited instead and for the first time. Aerodyne Aerokart won clearly in DeLand and became the new 4way world champions in Menzelinsk 2010 half a year later.
Paraclete XP Outdoor 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class6,17,15B,11,1618,N,229,4,FJ,E,C,3K,O,12,M5,D,8Q,13,14G,7,H,101,20,21TotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed (US)21231928 33 202219251922922.9
2Barkli (RU)20222127 27 272218211922422.4
3Evolution (CA)17211628 27 242120191620920.9
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Arizona Airspeed at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2013    
Next year, all three top teams competed together for the first time at the Shamrock Showdown 2011, and they came back in 2012. Arizona Airspeed won both events and became the new 4way world champions at the Mondial 2012.

Last year, NMP-PCH Hayabusa and Maubeuge Aerodyne both took a break, and Arizona Airspeed, again with a new lineup, edged out Barkli and won the event for the 6th time since 2007. In fact, Arizona Airspeed has never lost the Shamrock Showdown/Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship yet. The only time another team won the event was when Airspeed did not attend in 2010.

This recent history of the event makes it even more exciting. NMP-PCH Hayabusa is the top favorite this year. Winning the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014 would almost guarantee the gold medals in Prostejov. Another Airspeed victory could change the whole picture...

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