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Did You Know...

... that France might be back in the race for 4-way gold medals?

    Carolina Turbo XP at the USPA Nationals 2012
image by: USPA - Skydive Arizona
posted Apr 5th, 2006 - The USPA Nationals 2012 always feature many different internal battles within the meet and on the same leaderboard, and only a few of them get the deserved attention.

One of those battles took place right behind the teams who have received their attention earlier. It included another shooting star in US 4way competition that the NSL News has followed since the beginning of the 2009 season when the team later won the gold medals in the AA/Intermediate Class at the USPA Nationals 2009.

VTSD was the team name by then, and it changed to Carolina Turbo XP for the 2010 season. The race between Turbo and AZPlosion was actually the most exciting one on USPA's Open Class leaderboard, as it was the only internal battle that ended tied between both teams after the ten meet rounds in Eloy.
USPA Nationals 2012 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 3,B,K,H F,7,22 O,4,D,13 A,M,11,8 N,P,G,19 L,20,1 5,16,J 6,21,12 18,17,10 E,C,Q,15 Total Av
6 Paraclete XP4 (US) 22 19 17 20 23 17 19 15 15 23 190 19.0
7 Carolina Turbo XP (US) 22 18 16 19 21 15 20 15 14 19 179 17.9
7 AZ Plosion (US) 21 17 17 19 21 17 17 15 13 22 179 17.9
9 SDC Furies XP (US) 21 19 17 18 19 15 20 14 12 17 172 17.2

Jerome David with the French 4-way Women's team at the World Cup 2005    
The NSL News mentioned yesterday that "there are rumors that three Maubeuge members of 2003 have put together a very strong line-up for this year's World Meet in Germany". The NSL News also promised to look for more information and contacted the French national coach Jerome David.

As usual, the NSL News received answers to the request for information from France without delay. Jerome David responded quickly and confirmed that the three former 4-way world champions of France Maubeuge, Davide Moy, Erwan Pouliquen and Julien Losantos, have joined forces with Paul "Polo" Grisoni.

However, national coach Jerome David has not sanctioned this line-up as the national coach for the World Meet 2006. This is different compared to the situation of the French 8-way and 4-way Women teams, which are already assigned with the line-ups that will represent France this year.

    Carolina Turbo XP's scoring progression since 2009
Carolina Turbo XP's scoring progression could be a copy of SDC Rhythm XP's, and there are other similarities. Turbo has intensified the training efforts year by year and is now ready to go full time. Skydive Carolina in Chester, with General Manager James La Barrie in charge, has been supporting Turbo and will continue to help the team get to the 4way top level.

Turbo had launched the 2012 season with an 18.1 average at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships 2012 and finished up almost on the same scoring level at an outdoor competition. In between, Turbo attended the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012 and two meets of the Carolina Skydiving League 2012 season.

Turbo has also added an 8way lineup to the team's project at Skydive Carolina and won gold medals in the Intermediate Class with TurbOcho. General Manager James La Barrie provided the NSL News with additional information related to the team project and the recent sucess of the 8way team.
USPA National Skydiving Championships 2012

8-way coach Erwan Pouliquen with his team at the World Cup 2005    
The new situation was already explained by Jerome David earlier this year. The NSL News story on March 8 provided an update from France where the national coach mentioned that a French team will compete in Germany: "We will send one 4-way Open Class team to Germany. This will be the 4-way team that wins the French Nationals in Vannes at the end of July. I think that this team should be able to place between 3rd and 6th place in Germany."

Jerome David's expectations of the French team's placement must have changed by now. He surely cannot know at this point which team will win the 4-way competition at the French Nationals 2006. However, fact is that there will hardly be a team in France that can challenge this new line-up.

    TurbOcha 8way team in action
image by: Chad Wilcox
TurboOcho Dedicates Gold to Teammate Hit by a Drunk Driver

Team Carolina TurbOcho arrived at this years USPA National Championships with one objective: win gold and dedicate it to their teammate who currently lays in a coma at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC.

On September 8th, Alan Martinez was traveling from his home in Columbia, SC to Skydive Carolina to join his teammates for a day of training in preparation for the USPA National Championships at the end of October in Eloy, Arizona. Leaving his home at 6:15am, Mr. Martinez never made it to the skydive center as he was hit head-on by a drunk driver traveling southbound in the northbound lane.

On Wednesday, October 31st Team Carolina TurbOcho took the podium and received their gold medals. In skydiving, all teams have an alternate who remains on standby in case someone on the team is unable to compete. The TurbOcho alternate named on the roster for the US Nationals was Alan Martinez who will receive a gold medal as part of this winning team. The team will travel to Alan’s hospital and deliver his gold medal personally.

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French 8-way team in Gap 2003    
Davide Moy, Erwan Pouliquen and Julien Losantos won the 4-way gold medals with France Maubeuge at the Mondial 2003 in Gap, France, with a 22.9 average. The same three team members competed for another year with France Maubeuge and were stopped only by DeLand Majik at the Malevsky Cup 2004 and the World Meet 2004 in Croatia.

This line-up discontinued after the silver medals in 2004, and national coach Jerome David launched a new project to build the next official national 4-way team in the Open Class. Erwan Pouliquen became the technical coach for the current French national 8-way team and worked together with Jerome David.

Paul "Polo" Grisoni was a team member of the previous French 8-way team that took the third place at the Mondial 2003 and is known as one of the top competitors in France. He will surely fit in with the three former 4-way world champions. The NSL News tries to follow up with more information of the new French line-up.

    France Maubeuge at the Mondial 2003
France being back in the 4-way medal business changes the picture of the international 4-way competition this year, and it brings back together even more 4-way veterans of previous top teams in different line-ups. It will be an interesting aspect at the World Meet 2006 that DeLand Fire member Gary Smith is the only 4-way competitor in the world who has never lost a competition with the three old and new French 4-way competitors. He will have to prepare his new team to get ready for the new confrontation with the French team this year.

This new French line-up will also most likely become a contender for the gold medals and increase the group of medal contenders by one more nation. USA, France, Russia and Italy might be closer together in a 4-team race for the gold medals than any other group of that size ever before in the history of Formation Skydiving competition.

This situation will also make it more difficult for the underdogs from Belgium and Norway. The NSL News will follow up with more evaluations of the international situation and feedback from other top competitors.

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