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Did You Know...

... that $100,000 are on stake at the Malevsky Cup 2005?

    Stellar performance through Round 8: Arizona Airspeed
posted Feb 25th, 2005 - The videos of Rounds 3 and 4 are now available and show more of Arizona Airspeed's dominating performance.

Round 3 was the peak of the Airspeed show-off where the leader won by six points over XL and Golden Knights Gold. That's more than a complete page, and even XL and US Army team members were wondering how that was possible.

The two 4way leaderboards are actually more overlapping than it was expected. The leader of the AA Class would currently outscore two teams on the other leaderboard. All 4way teams are using the same competition draw, even though the second leaderboard indicates a AA Class competition.

NSL News office at the Malevsky World Cup 2004    
The NSL News served as the provider of scores, pictures, stories and meet videos at the IPC Anton Malevsky Memorial World Cup 2004 in Stupino, Russia. The Russian host was satisfied with the NSL News service and repeated the invitation for the 2005 event. The whole coverage of the Malevsky Cup 2004 can still be found in the NSL 2004 Archives.

The 2005 event promises even more and better competition in Russia. The NSL News already discussed possible improvements with the event management right after last year's conclusion of the competition. The Malevsky Cup was once again sanctioned as an official World Cup by the IPC.

    French World Meet competitors of 1975 and 2010: Paul Langlade and Francois Burgaud with Martial Ferre
Two Paraclete lineups compete in 8way. XPX8 is the lineup that has competed and won bronze medals in 8way at the USPA Nationals in the past years. John D'Annunzio and Kirk Verner have also put together a new Paraclete lineup with several experienced 4way competitors who are testing the 8way waters only in the windtunnel so far.

The new lineup has a good battle going for the 3rd place with the strongest of the three 8way teams from France. Reigning 8way world champions Martial Ferre and Damien Sorlin have recruited the lineups by themselves, and they are not supported by the French skydiving federation. However, Bonjour Blue Skies' 21.3 average after Round 7 is impressive, with or without support.

The third French 8way lineup even has some real 8way veterans flying in the windtunnel. Paul Langlade and Francois Burgaud were members of the first French national 8way team Icarus and competed at the World Meet in 1975. There surely were no windtunnels around at that time...

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Award ceremony at the Malevsky World Cup 2004    
The 3rd FAI Anton Malevsky Memorial World Cup and European Championships 2005 in Stupino is scheduled for July 4 - 9, 2005. The event will include several disciplines: the Anton Malevsky Memorial World Cup and 6th Open European Championships in Formation Skydiving (4-way Open, 4-way Female, 8-way), the Anton Malevsky Memorial World Cup in Accuracy Landing, the Anton Malevsky Memorial World Cup in Artistic Disciplines and 2nd Open European Championships in Freeflying, and the 4th Open European Championships in Freestyle Skydiving and Skysurfing.

This is a significant upgrade of the event, which included only 4-way Formation Skydiving and Accuracy Competition in the past. The fans of Formation Skydiving competition can now expect world class 8-way competition in Russia, as well. Arizona Airspeed plans to travel to Stupino and meet the Russian world class 8-way teams on their home turf. The German 8-way team, 4th at the last world meet in Croatia, already confirmed its attendance, as well. The NSL News will follow with updates of registered teams.

    DeLand Majik on the Malevsky World Cup stage in 2004
The Malevsky Cup has brought together the best teams in the world in the past years. The large purse of prize money helped to attract the top teams to make the trip. The total of $57,000 was on stake for the whole event in 2004. The first information bulletin for the 2005 event announces a total amount of $100,000 prize money. $39,000 are put aside for the Formation Skydiving events so far.

According to the IPC rules for World Cups, only four teams per nation will be eligible for medals and prizes. Several U.S. top teams plan to travel to Russia this summer, including the Airspeed 8-way with two 4-way line-ups, DeLand Majik, DeLand Fire, Team Fastrax. However, guest teams will be accepted, as well.

Triple-winner DeLand Majik in 2002    
The host has arranged the aircraft for the Formation Skydiving competition once again according to the situation at the next world meet in Germany 2006, where Twinotters will be used. Both event planes, the LET L 410 and the Mi-8 helicopter, will have their doors on the left side.

The 4-way event at the Malevsky Cup 2004 was a mirror of the World Championship of Formation Skydiving in Croatia 2004. Both events had the same three teams in the same order in the first three positions: DeLand Majik - France Maubeuge - Russia SkyPanthers. The NSL News will follow up with more Malevsky Cup 2005 information soon.

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