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... that the first Colorado Skydiving League comeback event was a huge success?

    Sky Panthers Barkli at the World Cup 2011
posted Apr 5th, 2005 - It's time to get ready for a historic battle in Formation Skydiving competition, which has its next part at the 8way competition of the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012.

Russia and the USA have a long and very exciting history in 8way competition that continues when Golden Knights and Sky Panthers Barkli compete in DeLand on March 17 and 18 this month. Both teams competed at the World Cup 2011 and then again at the USPA Nationals 2011 last year. They had also won silver (Golden Knights) and bronze medals (Barkli) at the World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk, Russia.

The Golden Knights have had the upper hand for the USA in the recent years of 8way competition between those two countries. France, the third 8way power house, has won the gold medals and the 8way Excalibur sword in 2006, 2008 and 2010 but has only its two national 4way teams at the upcoming competition.
USPA Nationals 2011 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Total Avg
Rank 8way Open 1,16,C 22,F,11 21,15,2 5,P,D,17 8,Q,3 O,M,G,10 9,12,19 A,N,14,J 4,H,20 E,18,B,7 Total Avg
1 Golden Knights 26 (-2) 23 19 19 21 20 17 23 24 (-2) 20 212 21.2
2 Sky Panthers Barkli 22 24 16 (-2) 10 (-4) 19 17 15 (-1) 18 19 (-3) 17 177 17.7
USPA Nationals 2011 - Golden Knights - Sky Panthers Barkli - Rounds 1 to 5 - Rounds 6 to 10

Russian 8way lineup in 2001
image by: Oleg Shalamykhin
Sky Panthers Barkli may not be able to outscore the Golden Knights at the moment, as the team is still in the building phase. However, there were different times, and some of the Russian team members remember well when Russia won the 8way gold medals at the World Meet 2001 in Spain and 2003 in France.

All Sky Panthers Barkli members (Vladimir Pavlenko, Oleg Shalamykhin, Sergei Shenin, Vasiliy Korotkov, Sergey Yalpaev, Vladimir Arutyunov, Alexander Tychinskiy and alternate Nikolay Vylegzhanin) except the youngest member and sponsor Leonid Kazinets grew up together as skydivers and competitors at the "Central Sport Parachute Club Airborne Troops" in Ryazan, guided by one of Russia's Formation Skydiving legends, Alexander Beloglazov.

Vladimir Pavlenko, Oleg Shalamykhin, Vasiliy Korotkov eventually ended up in the Russian 8way lineup that won the first gold medals for Russia over Arizona Airspeed in 2001.
World Cup 2011 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Total Avg
Rank 8way Open 7,M,15 8,14,D 5,18,J B,9,2 Q,K,12,20 21,A,F,10 1,4,E 13,P,H,6 L,19,17 Total Avg
1 Golden Knights 23 18 18 19 23 21 25 20 19 186 20.7
2 Aerodyne Maubeuge 21 18 19 18 23 19 29 21 17 185 20.6
3 Sky Panthers Barkli 17 15 14 (-2) 17 16 (-3) 15 (-1) 19 19 15 (-2) 147 16.3

    Mile Hi Skydiving Center
After being weathered out for the original date for the first meet of the year of the Colorado Skydiving League, we were blessed with some of the best weather of the year for the rescheduled meet. The turn out was great with one Rookie team, four Scrambles teams and one late entry team for Scrambles that could not finish before the beer drinking and pizza eating began. The King Air flew 26 loads, and the Mile Hi Skydiving Center did a great job of making sure everyone got all 3 rounds in.

Apr2nd, 2005Round1Round2Round3TotalAvg
RankAClass M-6E-21H-P-J-OTotalAvg
1FreeBeer at ManifestCoSL169133812.7
3ThreeSticks and a LipCoSL1196268.7
RankRookie O-H-LM-C-DE-P-FTotalAvg

Friendly 8way battle between USA and Russia
image by: Oleg Shalamykhin
More original members of the Central Sport Parachute Club Airborne Troops joined the 8way lineup later and won the next set of gold medals in 2003. Both events were extremely exciting and included dramatic stories that the NSL News will pick up soon for the preview of the 8way competition at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012.

Fact is that Vladimir Pavlenko and Oleg Shalamykhin have also been competing on 4way world class level with Sky Panthers Barkli for years. They won the way bronze medals at the World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk, together with Sergey Shenin and Michail Kuznetsov. Leonid Kazinets also took the 4way slot for Sky Panthers Barkli in 2011, but the main Russian focus is back on the 8way competition.

The Russian 8way team reduced the distance to the Golden Knights at the USPA Nationals 2011 and will try again to get closer in DeLand at the end of next week.

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    Caged Animals complete a Meeker in training
Rookie Class

The King Air can be difficult to exit, and Caged Animals found their own challenges with the exits. I was videoing one of their training jumps and Daena gave no less than three complete exit counts before the team left the plane. The camera man left on the first count. The skydivers watching from inside the plane thought Daena looked like a caged animal, hence the team name.

The team’s goal was to average one point per round for their meet, and they met that goal, making them the number one Rookie Class team in the nation - this weekend.

Free Beer at Manifest builds a Bow    

The Colorado Skydiving League is the only league in the nation that includes a Scrambles event. My goal with Scrambles is to get low experience jumpers to taste 4-way and perhaps develop some Rookie Class teams. Although our turnout for Scrambles was great, we only had one low experienced jumper. Tiger took advantage of the opportunity to skydive with some of the strongest 4-way competitors in Colorado. Samer Haija, Dave Boes, and Kevin Chapman did an excellent job of tutoring Tiger through her first real 4-way skydives. Congratulations to Tiger for recognizing the opportunity and learning from it!

The other teams were all very experienced skydivers, leading to some of the best Scrambles scores in Colorado’s history! Thanks to all of you who showed up to pass on your knowledge to others. Let’s hope the others show up next time.

Thanks to our video pool, who volunteered their time to support the meet: John Hall, Jason Russell, Todd Jacobson, Ryan Marle and me.

And a very special thanks to Dan – O and Papa John’s for providing the post game pizza. Better Ingredients, Better Pizza!

Next Meet

Stay tuned for information on the next meet on May 7 and 8. Rookie Class and Scrambles will compete on May 7, and AA class on May 8. Location is to be determined. Your input is welcomed as to the location.

And don’t forget, for each meet you enter, your name will be put into a drawing for free gear at the end of the season, including but not limited to a free Bev Suit!

Brian Vande Krol, CSL Director, Arizona Directe

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