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FAI Anton Malevsky Memorial International Cup
2005 Open European Championship of Formation Skydiving
July 4 - 9 in Stupino, Russia
NSL News Special Report

FAI Anton Malevsky Memorial International Cup
2005 Open European Championship of Formation Skydiving
July 4 - 9 in Stupino, Russia
NSL News Special Report

FAI Anton Malevsky Memorial International Cup
2005 Open European Championship of Formation Skydiving
July 4 - 9 in Stupino, Russia
NSL News Special Report

Did You Know...

... that DeLand Fire is on top of the leaderboard after the training round?

    Arizona Airspeed's 8way lineup of 2001
posted Jul 3rd, 2005 - The NSL News story on 27 April 2012 gave the impression that the 8way thriller between Arizona Airspeed and Russia at the World Meet 2001 in Spain was the ultimate showdown possible at a skydiving competition. The drama of the competition and the 1-point finish is hard to beat, but it was not the end of the 8way battle between USA and Russia. In fact, it continued exactly two years later, and it became even more exciting - if that was possible...

Russia had won the 8way sword Excalibur for the first time in history, and Russia's 8way godfather Alexander Beloglazov would surely try to defend it in 2003. However, things changed again in Russia, as they did in the USA. Dan BC, Alan Metni, Jack Jefferies, Gary Beyer, Mark Kirkby and John Eagle were not any longer on the Airspeed lineup that would compete at the World Meet 2003 in France.

Russia had a complete makeover after winning the gold medals, as well. Oleg Shalamykhin even called it a new era of Russian 8way competition. His former team captain and 4way sponsor Igor Sitnikov was healthy and ready for action again. This time, he decided to recruit an 8way lineup, and RT Evolution PRO was born.

The activities at the competition site of the Malevsky Cup 2005 picked up pace and momentum today. Usually teams do not jump very much on the last day before a competition. However, the bad weather of the last week put many teams significantly behind the planned meet preparation, and they used the much better weather conditions today to warm up for the competition.

Teams, competitors, videographers, pilots, manifest, staff and judges had a very busy day, and the NSL-TV used the warm-up procedures in the judging room to steal some videos of the official training jumps from the DZ-TV.

RT Evolution PRO 4way lineup in 2002    
It was a first class lineup, loaded with 8way world champions of 2001 and other members of the original 8way project (Viktor Gorbunkov, Vladimir Pavlenko, Oleg Shalamykhin, Sergey Shenin, Mihail Mineev, Nikolay Sukharnikov, Aleksander Mertz, Dmitriy Samohval) and the two sponsors, Igor Sitnikov and Leonid Kazinetz.

Other Russian player coach projects continued at the same time and maintained the world class level in both events: Goblins (Vladimir Akopov, Aleksander Tichinskiy, Vladimir Arutyunov, Mihail Mosolov), Sky Panthers (Mihail Kuznetsov, Aleksey Minaev, Vasiliy Korotkov, Evgeniy Stajenko), Wild Wind (Aleksander Utkin, Andrey Barabash, Vladimir Ostanin, Nikolay Vilegjanin, Sergey Yalpaev, Alena Chistova).

The new RT Evolution PRO lineup won the national championships of 2002 in 4way and in 8way, and the 4way lineup (Vladimir Pavlenko, Oleg Shalamykhin, Sergey Shenin, Igor Sitnikov) confirmed the top position in Russia at the Malevsky Cup and the World Cup 2002.
World Meet 2003 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Rd. 11 Total Avg
R. 8way Open 1-11-12 M-J-E-10 K-16-6 13-14-5 D-22-4 9-C-Q-N F-19-21 2-20-L 18-B-3 8-P-7 G-O-17-H Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed (US) 23 19 24 17 23 20 19 17 24 16 19 221 20.1
1 Russia (RU) 23 19 24 16 26 21 19 18 21 15 19 221 20.1
3 France (FR) 25 17 21 13 25 20 16 16 24 16 - 193 19.3
4 Italy (IT) 15 14 19 12 15 14 13 12 17 13 - 144 14.4
5 VNE (UK) 11 14 18 11 13 14 14 12 16 - - 123 13.7

    Germany Remscheid's 8-way training round - see video

Ready for the 2003 showdown: Russian 8way lineup of 2003    
The 4way event had to go on hibernation for the Evolution members in 2003. The Russian focus went back to the 8way competition where the gold medals of 2001 had to be defended in Gap, France. RT Evolution PRO spent a lot of time in Ampuriabrava, Spain, and completed approx. 850 training jumps before the World Meet 2003. Oleg Shalamykhin said that his 4way team did not even compete at the national championships of 2003, and Wild Wind won the 4way gold medals.

The 2003 season was over for the Sky Panthers, as well. However, sponsor Mihail Kuznetsov remembered the 8way history of the 2001 season and suggested to RT Evolution PRO sponsor Igor Sitnikov that he was ready to help making the 8way team even stronger by offering his three Sky Panthers (Aleksey Minaev, Vasiliy Korotkov, Evgeniy Stajenko) for the RT Evolution PRO lineup.

Igor Sitnikov and his 8way team eventually invited Vasiliy Korotkov and Aleksey Minaev to train and compete for Russia in 8way to defend the gold medals at the World Meet 2003. The Russian lineup for the competition in Gap was complete and consisted of: Aleksey Minaev, Vasiliy Korotkov, Oleg Shalamykhin, Vladimir Pavlenko, Sergey Shenin, Viktor Gorbunkov, Mihail Mineev, Nikolay Sukharnikov, alternate Dmitriy Samohval and coach Aleksander Mertz. The countdown for the next 8way showdown with Arizona Airspeed was running.

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Two 8-way jumps happened to be used for judges training, while the DZ-TV was running in the NSL office. They were the same two teams that competed hard for the fourth place in Croatia 2004, Germany Remscheid and Italy Extremo 8. The videos of the training jumps show that both teams will most likely continue with their business where they ended up in Croatia.

The German team Remscheid had the 14th point in time at the first freeze frame viewing, and the score was corrected to 13 points at a later viewing. Italy with new member Marco Arrigo tied the German score of 13 points and was a little bit behind at the end of the working time. This race for the 4th place in Russia seems to be guaranteed.

    Infinity's 4-way training round - see video

Infinity, the Dutch national team of the 4-way Female class, picked the faster sequence of the two jumps that the judges had offered for the training jumps: M-12-L-A. The judges were obviously interested in getting familiar with the new Block 12 (Bundy - Bundy).

DeLand Fire's 4-way training round - see video    

23 points was the highest score of all training jumps on the leaderboard today. The teams had the choice between M-12-L-A or 17-3-6, and the majority decided to show the faster sequence with Block 12 to the judges. The highscore of 23 points was also captured on NSL-TV, and it shows "Ukraine Sky Dance" for the team name.

The NSL News was impressed with the Ukrainian score. However, the team looked familiar, and a closer look at the slate and the video showed that the performing team was actually DeLand Fire.

    Sky Panthers' 4-way training round - see video

The video of the same training jump by the Russian Sky Panthers was shown later. The Sky Panthers won the bronze medal at the world championship in 2004. The score of 20 points for the training round included the deduction of one point.

The competition draw will take place in the evening and will be posted as soon as it is available.

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