Thursday 25 October
I've received several responses to the IPC dive pool proposal -- too long to post here in full -- but the consensus so far is that competitors don't seem to mind a smaller dive pool, but as one writer put it, "If they reduce the competition to seven rounds, that's like traveling to Paris for a gourmet meal and having them take away half the entrée and the desert." Another reader chips in "Seven rounds? I don't want less, I want more. 12, 15, or 20 rounds."
Chris Rimple has set up a discussion group for freestyle competitors and judges and other interested parties. Click on the link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freestyle_skydiving then "join this group" and follow the directions.
Today we finish up Freefly, Freestyle, Skysurf, and Canopy Formations, and 16-way starts up bright and early...
...I have learned that there are some updates coming on the Style & Accuracy final standings. Apparently one of the Women's Accuracy medal winners was not eligible to compete, having already participated in another country's nationals...
Of the responses for dive pool/rounds feedback I have received, I thought this one to the right from Barbara Harding fairly (and eloquently) describes how most, if not all, competitors feel about it the issue. Thanks Barbara, we appreciate your input.
We have five 16-way teams entered today, and I look for the usual battle between the Golden Knights & Co. (Magical Golden Knights Matrix) and Airspeed & Co. (Airspeed Blue). Deguello and Tabula Rasa will be fighting for the third medal position; the fifth team, Odyssey 16, is competing as a guest team. Yours truly is the alternate for Deguello, many of whom I've known since my Spaceland days (the original Spaceland at Houston Gulf Airport).
And the 16-way battle begins: MGKM had a very nice round one score of 11, but AB had a much quicker first point and got a 13 for the early lead. My Deguello team busted a 6 to a 4 ;-(
Over in Freefly, Alhegelan/Curtis/Strauss is in a very tight race with Nelson/Ortiz/Swanson, I promise I'll have scores updated as soon as I can, they are judging round six now. THIS JUST IN- the webmaster is now jumping with Deguello; someone has a wrist injury from landing. I'll be ducking in here between jumps to keep the scores coming. On to the plane!
And it is, indeed, another beautiful day in Arizona, perfect skydiving weather. If the competitors had their way (yeah, right!) they'd want the nationals here EVERY year.
No rest for the weary - off for round three...but first I just posted the latest Freefly, Freestyle & Skysurf scores, check'em out...
...and what a wonderful skydive it was! Looks like MGKM and AZB are having a good battle out front, one point separation with two jumps to go. This next jump should be a fast one too.
And how about that 19 that Airspeed Blue did on round 5? All you out there in cyber land check out the main page here in a week or so, I should have that jump up on the web. Wow wow wow wow wow.
Sorry for the lack of photos today, but it was leave that out or not post the scores....
...at long last, the FINAL FINAL Style & Accuracy results have been updated and posted. There was much cornfusion about guests this and what goes where that, it's all be resolved and posted.
Several readers have asked me about the Women's Accuracy thing. From what I have heard, Mery Rose had competed in the Brazilian Nationals (I don't know when) and that made here ineligible for the bronze medal she had already been awarded here (they had to take it back from her and she was not very happy).
10-way Speed tomorrow! Roger Nelson & Co. is here, Carl Daugherty & Co. is here, along with 7 other teams. It's going to be a good one. See you there/here!