GK Competitors Go Head-to-Head

The Carolina Skydiving League held its first competition of 2012 this past weekend at PK Airpark in Raeford, NC. 13 4way Teams arrived early Saturday morning to compete in a “mini” 6 round meet. The Golden Knights were represented by 2 4way teams: GKF4- the Women’s 4way Team, and GK Black- the less experienced half of the Golden Knights 8way Team.

GKF4 finishes block 19

The two GK teams have been competing against one another for over a year now, with each team trying to gain an edge on the other.  It’s a friendly competition, but a serious one at that, as bragging rights are at stake.  GKF4 beat GK Black at the 2011 US Nationals last year, but GK Black answered back with a win at the 2012 Indoor Skydiving Championships.  After 4 rounds of competition, GK Black was in the lead by 2 points. The lead did not last long as GKF4 won round 5 by 2 points, which led to a tie going into the final round. On round 6, GK Black had some trouble on the exit, and GKF4 capitalized with a great round, thereby winning round 6 and taking the overall Gold at the first Carolina Skydiving League Competition of 2012. GKF4 finished the 6 rounds with a 18.0 average. The Golden Knights Competition Team is very fortunate to have 2 4way teams that can push each other to greater levels, all in house.

GKF4 turns block 2, sidebody donut

In between competititon rounds members of the Golden Knights took time to help out the intermediate and rookie teams with technique and dive engineering. The Irish Military 4way team also competed, as they have been training alongside the Knights all week at our training facility in Laurinburg, NC.  Two Carolina Skydiving League competitions remain for 2012, and the Golden Knights’ Competitors will continue to train and compete in preparation for the 2012 Nationals and World Meet later in the year.

Golden Knights Win in Florida

The Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championship/Shamrock Showdown wrapped up midday Sunday in sunny Deland, Florida.  While this meet takes place in Florida, it has attracted more international teams than the years prior.  In fact, there were more international teams than US teams in attendance.  Many of these teams will meet again in Dubai 2012, making this competition even more interesting.

GKF4 turns a Monopod on the hill over Deland, FL

Once again, GKF4 went up against the female teams from Norway and France.  The only newcomer to the scene was the Canadian team, Crimson Fox.  While Crimson Fox is a relatively new team, they put on a good showing and have earned the official distinction as the first Canadian National Female 4-way Team.

GKF4

At the World Parachuting Cup in August 2011, France, Norway and GKF4 competed under similar circumstances.  At that competition, France took first and Norway took third over GKF4, who placed fourth.  This competition’s standings ended up the same with France in first, Norway in second and GKF4 in third.  While the spread between first and second was not as close, the battle for second was fierce, especially in the last three rounds, won by GKF4.  In the end, Norway took second over GKF4 by one point.

SFC Drew Starr videos GK8 over Deland, FL

The 8way battle between the Golden Knights (Team USA) and Russia ended Sunday with GK8 coming out on top.  After 10 rounds the GK8 scored 219 points- 28 points ahead of the Russians.  GK8 jumped out to an early lead on Saturday, winning the first 3 rounds of competition by 3 points each.  The Russians were certainly not beat, as they went on to tie GK8 in rounds 4,5, and 6.  On Sunday morning GK8 won rounds 7 and 8 by 4 and 7 points respectively.  Round 9 presented a possible world record sequence of formations.  The current 8way single round record of 31 points was set by the Golden Knights in 1997 and still stands today.  GK8 tied that record on round 9 with 31 points in 50 seconds of freefall, but were deducted 2 points for an incomplete formation and incomplete separation.  The Russian Team built 30 formations in time, but were also deducted 1 point resulting in another tie between GK8 and Russia.  The Knights went on to win the final round by 6 points after Russia experienced a mid-air collision.  The 21.9 average is a new Team best for GK8 in competition.

GK8 and the Russian 8-way team, Barkli

Following the Competition, GK8 presented the Russian 8way team with a Golden Knight Sword and plaque which reads “Friends, Comrades, Competitors”.  SFC Brian Krause and SFC Sean Sweeney went on to explain the significance of the Sword and to express our appreciation for their long travels and commitment to competition.  Competition history between USA and Russia goes back over 50 years, and will surely continue.

GK8 and GKF4 have returned to Fort Bragg, NC and, after a Safety Day of our own, the training will continue.  Dubai 2012, here we come!  Blue skies!

Top Teams Flock to Florida

GKF4 over Deland

Competition is underway here in Deland, Fl, for the first annual Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championships.  Formerly known as the Shamrock Showdown, this skydiving event serves as an early gauge for teams all across the world to see where they stand against other top competitors.  This year’s competition includes teams from France, Russia, Great Britain, Norway, Canada, Spain, Qatar, U.A.E., Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil, and Denmark.  This is truly a World level competition right here in Florida.

GKF4 builds a "Spinner" during ground preparation with the Russian National 8way Team in the distance.

5 rounds of 4way competition were completed today in Deland, and the Golden Knights Female 4way is sitting in 3rd place behind France and Norway in the women’s competition.  GKF4 will be representing the USA in Dubai this December, and welcome this opportunity to see where they stand against other National Women’s 4way teams- France, Norway, and Canada.  Tomorrow will bring another 5 rounds of competition and GKF4 will fight back to climb the leader board.

GK8 form Chinese T's over Deland

The Golden Knights’ 8way Team is not competing in 4way in order to focus on the 8way event.  GK8 will go head to head against the Russian 8way Team beginning tomorrow morning.  The Russians placed 3rd at the 2011 World Cup where GK8 won Gold.  With several World Champions in the lineup, Russia always poses a serious threat, which makes for good competition.  Additionally, the battle between USA and Russia dates back to the beginning of skydiving competition.  The Dubai 8way team will also be competing, but they are still in the building stages.  Stay tuned in to all of the action at http://www.skyleague.com/pages/scores/results.php?event=1&meetNumber=2&nslyear=2012

 

 

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