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Did You Know...

... that the Deep Blue Defenders still laugh a lot?

   
    Deep Blue Defenders training work in Eloy
posted Feb 28th, 2011 - The NSL News mentioned a few times during the coverage of the Valentine's Meet 2011 that the new lineup of the French national 4-way team in the female category was also in Eloy for the team's first training camp but did not enter the competition.

Aerodyne Cypres/aka Deep Blue Defenders have the Shamrock Showdown 2011 on the team schedule for the first competition this year, while the French Open Class lineup competed at the Valentine's Meet after opening the 2011 competition season at the Dubai Championship 2011.

The reigning 4-way champions in the Open Class have not won a meet yet with the new lineup. NMP-PCH Hayabusa took the 1st place in Dubai, and Arizona Airspeed defended the Eloy home turf successfully. France plans to show everything that the new lineup can offer at the Shamrock Showdown. The Deep Blue Defenders have two reigning 4-way world champions in the new lineup, as the NSL News reported with earlier stories. Sophie Deremaux and Amélie Tirman won the gold medals in Menzelinsk with a new 23.6 record average.

World Meet 2010Round1Round2Round3Round4Round5Round6Round7Round8Round9Round10TotalAvg
Rank4-way Women10,7,123,11,5J,M,Q,P,L19,1,13N,18,20K,17,82,15,H4,D,6O,E,9,G22,B,16TotalAvg
1France Aerodyne Cypres20 19 47 18 19 20 21 21 32 19 23623.6
2UK Team Bodyflight16 17 44 17 17 19 18 19 30 19 21621.6
3USA Spaceland Blue17 14 38 15 16 15 17 15 29 12 18818.8
4Germany ISB Air16 15 39 13 13 15 16 14 28 11 18018.0


   
Debriefing with coach Marin Ferre    
The new French lineup accepted an invitation of the NSL News for a live NSL Talk at the end of the Valentine's Meet, which was just the end of another training day for the Deep Blue Defenders. Coach Marin Ferre introduced his new lineup, and the NSL News audience has the opportunity to meet the new team members for the first time, Laurence Hervé and Perrine Sanchez, plus new videographer Remy Grandcler.

The video clip first shows the team during a training session at SkyVenture Arizona, with coach Marin Ferre observing the French flying from outside of the chamber. The NSL Talk took actually place before the tunnel training, and the French Open Class team had exactly the same schedule: first the NSL Talk and then the tunnel training.

Arizona Airspeed's Mark Kirkby was in the tunnel at the same time and took a closer look at the French flying, as well. His team will meet France for the second time this year at the Shamnrock Showdown, and then a few weeks later for the third time at the World Challenge 2011.


   
    Observers of the tunnel training: Marin Ferre and Olivier Henaff
The first competition of the new French female lineup at the Shamrock Showdown 2011 will be very exciting since the first serious challenger of the reigning world champions is eager to show that the distance has shrunken.

ISB Air from Germany competed in Menzelinsk 2010, as well, and finished in 4th place, miles behind France (23.6 - 18.0) after ten rounds. However, the German team has trained a lot with the new team member Petra van Overveld in the Point slot, and observers of the German training sessions were impressed with the performance level.

The Deep Blue Defenders obviously have the goal to defend the French gold medals in 2012. Perrine Sanchez is the new Center Inside and starts from scratch, as she explained during the NSL Talk. It's a big job, but she is ready to do her best and live up to the high expectations. Most importantly, the fun loving philosophy of the previous lineup seems to continue, as there was once again a lot of laughter during the NSL Talk.

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