Tidbits (Timbits + Tedbits)
Wednesday, October 27 -
The weather here is like pulling petals from a dandelion. Blue skies,
blue skies not. Blue skies, blue skies not. This morning we are back to
the blue skies, and the possible conclusion of the 1999 World
Parachuting Championships. What manner of excitement is in store for us
|It's GO TEAM GO in the
||Please send coffee and donuts
|later in the bar
||and still later at home
(we're miserable, yeahJ)
Yesterday, after France 4-way round 7 was judged, Ted rewound the
DZ-TV tape and played the jump for some of the other judges. After this
happened a couple of times he went behind the VCR and unplugged the lead
so that it wouldn't be shown over and over on DZ-TV. He probably played
that tape a half dozen times or more, before plugging the VCR back in to
Only problem was, Ted was pulling the wrong lead out, and the feed
was going out to DZ-TV the whole time!
Needless to say, the French delegation was not happy about it, and I
don't blame them one bit. Ted has offered his sincere and most humble
|TED SPEAKING: I am about as embarrassed as I can be
about that situation with the DZ-TV yesterday afternoon.
(This morning I want to go crawl in a hole.) I have been
running the DZ-TV at every world cup and world meet since 1993,
and I know that my reputation and my likelihood for being at the
next one depend upon my providing a product that is fair and
balanced to all delegations. It was a careless mistake I
made and it reflects poorly on the U.S.A. and the meet
hosts. I just want everyone to understand -- especially my
good friends in the French delegation -- that what happened
yesterday was an accident.
Those bloody Wagners, nothing but trouble!
|BJ, Claude and Patrice
||Formation Skydiving Judges
(click for larger photo)
The USA and France 4-ways just jumped round 8, and France has added
two points to their lead with a 21 to USA's 19. Airspeed did not have a
good jump, and now they are four points behind with two jumps left.
Maubeuge has looked very strong on their last few jumps!
On round 10 of the women's cup, Australia busted down to a 8 while
the British scored 11 to overtake them by one point! Sweden still has an
outside shot if they can score a 14.
Australia - BTW - happens to have a very good 8-way team, and they
just did a 20 on round 7. This jump is 4 randoms and a fast block,
so this will be an opportunity for France and/or Russia to close the gap
on the USA 8-way.
And we have our first champions of the competition! The British
women have won the gold medal in front of Australia
and Sweden. Congratulations ladies!
A great competition, even if there were only four teams.
The end of 8-way round 7 is about to be judged...France is up first,
they score 26, very nice France! Next is Russia, they also score 26, and
right after that USA, they have one glitch on a tee > pod but it's
still good for a 25, and their lead is 5 points with two oops no three
We are moving on with round 8 of 8-way...France, another great
effort here, they brought a bag of exit tricks with them, but the
unusual bar placement on these otters is giving them fits - they do a 19
clean. Next up USA, very smooth and deliberate on this one, a 19 also.
And Russia now, it's 19's across the leaderboard for this jump, and USA
8-way keeps it's 5 point lead with two jumps to go.
Can Airspeed catch up with Maubeuge? Will the Brits give the Norgies
a chase? Is Atlanta going to roll over for the Yankees?
What? WHAT? Tanya and Craig have won the women's skysurf
event! The USA has at least one gold medal in these events,
And they are turning down the home stretch in 4-way...France and USA
are headed to the airplane for round nine...Stevie's trotting to the
dubbing station...Norway's jump is 20, NICE one...here's Airspeed...it's
a 20 also...so is the Brits, will France break through 20? Here they
go...they have a glitch on a tee > tee, but recover nicely, is that
last point in? 3 of 5 say yes, 21 points, and Maubeuge has a five
point lead with one jump left! The France 4-way is showing great poise
under pressure, and can sense that Excalibur is within their
What an incredible finish in women's freestyle! The leaders
after Round 9, Australia's Gemma Stevens and Paul Truman, scored a 82.3
to finish with 855.3. But France's Emanuelle Celicout and Alex
Gillard scored 86.3 for a total of 855.6 to win by just 0.3
points! Congratulations Emanuelle and Alex!!!
France, USA, and Norway are now boarding for round 10. Final scores
Okay...Great Britain has a good jump to finish, 18 points, so Norway
will need a 16 to win the bronze...wow, their 16th point is right on the
freeze frame! Is it there? Yes, Norway has the bronze! The next sentence
will announce the world champion 4-way -
FRANCE WINS 4-WAY! 20
POINTS ON ROUND 10!
Airspeed finished with a 19. Congratulations to
Maubeuge, world champions of 4-way! Visit them at the PAGE
Maubeuge really put the pedal to the metal down
the stretch. They are worthy champions of The
Sword. And Airspeed's work is not done, they must turn their
attention back to the 8-way event, where Russia and France are lurking
in the shadows. Round nine is in the air.
France Essonne 8-way is up; a very rough donut out the door, and
they score a 20. Russia next...they are faster, a 22, is it clean? Yes,
and USA up now. Fast and smooth as silk, these guys turn 8-way like a
machine. 21 points! Their lead is four with one jump left. They will do
round 10 tomorrow morning.
Da webbaster is gettig sick wit da flue.
Final notes on the 4-way meet...Maubeuge has
taken the 4-way title from Airspeed, and with it the Sword. It was an
excellent battle; Airspeed had the early lead, but Maubeuge kept
plugging away. Airspeed faltered late, they did not look as sharp as
they did at the nationals last month, but they didn't really have any
bad jumps, either. They got beat fair and square.
however, earn a special place in OmniSkore hall of fame. Not only for
their excellent skydiving and bronze medal finish, but for the way in
which they did it. Take a look at their score
sheet. With the exception of one "J" on an exit, not one
single judge busted them for anything in all ten rounds.
An amazing performance!
The day is done and the beer light is on. A
toast to new champions, and a good night to you all.
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