Friday 29 June
Last updated 05 Feb 2012 15:17
Good morning! Two days left to go!
We'll jump right in with today's Q&A
Q: Why can't the Otters and Casas fly at the same time?
A: I'm not sure. It's a Spanish Air Force thing.
Q: Are you still delivering email to competitors?
A: No; send that to firstname.lastname@example.org
but send your love and affection to me at email@example.com
Q: Are you going to post more videos?
A: Only if everyone is visiting
our sponsors ;-)
Q: Are you producing a video of the competition?
A: No, we do not have any rights to the video footage.
computer! Do what I want, not what I tell you! Sorry, I just spent
ten minutes writing about the beauty of CF sequential, then lost
it when I knocked the mouse of the table reaching for my coffee.
Okay, the short version: It's really cool to watch, and I bet it's
a lot harder than it looks. Round seven up: France looks good and
turns in a 10. USA: Did I say how good their camera work is? CF
Sequential is such a pleasure to watch now that they use
air-to-air video (instead of ground-to-air telemeters). A 10 for
USA! They have a two point lead with one jump left to go.
8-Way FS round 8 in progress...I just posted a bunch of
FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH
Over in Women's Freestyle, which just
completed, Italy's Stefania
Martinengo turned in a 9.3 to France's Emmanuelle
Celicout 9.0 on the final jump to overtake her and win the
gold by 0.1 points! Congratulations Stefania, what a way to
couple of readers ask, is it possible to put a CF jump on the web?
The answer is no, because a CF sequential jump lasts two minutes,
and that is too large a file for me to deal with. Sorry! Maybe
someday when there is enough bandwidth...
My apologies, I put the wrong email address to
send mail to teams, it is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy inbox, mailman! The masses of adoring
OmniFans are pleading for more videos! I'll do my best, folks. Due
to the setup here, it may not be possible to get any of the 3D
events, so it's FS for now. But I will try!
Round 8 of 8-way finishing up shortly...meanwhile, here's
another one fer ya: video_ned8_r8.avi.
Fresh Freefly results just posted
And we have the rest of 8-way round 8! France just
did a 18, they chose to make the long move back to the old bone,
pretty slick move too. Russia: Good jump, a 22. Here we go, USA.
What a slick exit, those tees out the door, it's a good jump but a
glitch closing a sidebody donut costs them time, and they get a
21. A three point lead for USA with two jumps left!
Goshdarnit, right when Russia's
round 8 video was almost uploaded, the power went out in the
building and killed my network connection. Not to worry, I snuck USA's
round 8 up first, so ya'll enjoy.
Right: A Teddy Bear
dangles above Alexander and his better half.
Below: People get on the
internet right outside our DZTV room, mostly to surf
omniskore.com and see what's REALLY going on.
When it rains, it pours! I give to you some more Style
& Accuracy bits and video of USA
Freefly Team 2 round 6!
I've got four spreadsheets, Photoshop, Premiere, FrontPage,
WS_FTP, OmniView, and Pegview all open on the Sony laptop, and
there's smoke coming out it's ports ;-)
Nothing got posted for a while because the electricity was
out; we've got everything up and running again. I would say thank
you for your patience, but the inbox is flooded with "WHAT'S
THE *#^&@ IS GOING ON?!?!?!" messages. I love it ;-)
So WHAAASSUUUUP? 8-Way round 9 and Skysurf; Freefly is finished
but won't be judged for a while.
All you folks who wrote in about the Freefly
video link not working, let me know if it works now. I think
it just wasn't finished uploading when people were hitting on it.
Serves me right for publishing the link before the video!
I will post information about tomorrows schedule as soon as it
Only 13 requests for another Norway girls photo? I guess that's
enough. Here you go, photo by Ken Hansen:
There, that should pacify them for a while. We got 8-way round
nine finishing up, so let's see what's going to happen...France
first, a super jump for an 18, some really sweet skydiving and
video work there...I might be able to get than one on the 'net
later...it's getting down to crunch time here NEWS
FLASH Eric Fradet
has just won the Skysurf title for France, congratulations Eric,
one of skydiving's greatest all time competitors has just added
another gold medal to his mantle! USA 8 is up now, they don't look
like they are going very fast, but it is nice and smooth for a
19...now Russia...same speed, same score, a 19, and USA hangs on
to a three point lead with one jump left!
Terrific, I start to upload another video clip, and the power
goes out again ;-\....
1620 We have just started round 8 of 4-way, and they are
judging the final round of Freefly. It's just mind-boggling what
these guys are doing these days. USA1/Omar & Company -- wait
FLASH -- USA1 & USA2 have just finished 1st
and 2nd in the Freefly competition with France in 3rd!
Congratulations all! A fabulous Freefly competition it was, and
Boel is busy writing some bits
about it right now. Meanwhile the girls are doing round 9, the USA
and UK both have nice 16s on the board. Sweden gets a 15, and USA
is creeping up on them -- two down with two to go!
I had Slovenia as withdrawn from the competition, but they are
not, they did not jump rounds 6 and 7 and took zeros...--- NEWS
FLASH --- congratulations to Nils
and Martin, the newest world champions of Men's
Freestyle! Read the update in Boel's
It's seventeen hundred o'clock all of a sudden and so much has
happened in the last few hours. I'm tired, hungry, and desperate
for a tall cold beer. Question from a reader: Can I get a
high-resolution copy a team photo? A: Yes, but not until I get
home to Arizona with my high-bandwidth connection. Send me a
request at email@example.com
with the team details in the subject line. The original photos are
1500 X 1000 pixels or larger, around 700 k each.
<burp> thank you all for the virtual beers, I look
forward to a real one shortly...the finish of FS4 round 9 is
coming up, and this looks like a mid-20's kind of jump to me...ah,
the Norgies are up, one of my favorites, a nice jump but they
tripped on a hook build and their 22 is just out of time, it's a
21...kudos to Italy for ripping a 19 a little while ago, a very
nice skydive...USA now...cruising, good jump, a 23...now France,
they match them with their own 23 WHEW I can hardly type this late
in the game...USA is up by six with two rounds left.
Forgive me for not replying to all the email, the inbox is
exploding with requests for videos of this team and that team and
of course many more shouts for the Norway girls, but come on guys
lets give it a rest and get something for the ladies at home,
okay? And yes I'm still working on photos of the judges, they
disappear and reappear like magic when the whistle blows.
And now the ladies are finishing up round 9, and I say that UK
camera flyer should give clinic on shooting team video. A 13. Now
Norway, a 13 also. Can any of the ladies get past that 13 barrier?
Let's see...USA now...they really struggle with the cat > cat
out the door, and they do a 13 as well...Sweden, they have some
trouble with a snowflake > offset and get a 12. Now it's a one
point lead for the girls from Sweden, oh my!
I now have for you 8-way FS France round 9: video_fra8_r9.avi
Wow - I missed one! --- NEWS
FLASH --- congratulations to Tanya
and Craig for their repeat championship in Women Skysurf! All
of the 3D events are completed.
A short time later they called it a day and released all
competitors, so we are done for the day. But wait - an attempt on
the Fun Flag has taken place! Story coming up!
But first, a special treat for you Freefly junkies. This is
Arizona Freeflight's round 2, which they considered one of their
best jumps. It's very cool: video_usa_ff2_r2.avi
(4 MB and some change).
The Canadians Attempt to Retake the Fun
Flag (as told to Tim by Neal Houston)
As I was working away on the computer early this afternoon, I
heard a ruckus outside the window, quickly followed by shouts and
the sounds of pursuit. A group of Canadians, in an apparently
carefully coordinated effort, went into the Airspeed room upstairs
(on the third floor) and said they wanted to buy something
(Airspeed has all kinds of stuff for sale up there). Sitting in
the corner was the Fun Flag. One of the Canadians dove for it and
tossed it out the open window towards a waiting receiver, but
their plot was foiled when the flag landed on top of one of the
dubbing rooms, giving the USA guys enough time to wrestle it away.
Another tiny bit of history to go along with a little raggedy
Okay then. I think that's it. Are we done? No more pictures of
the Norway girls? No more videos? Can I go have a beer now? Oh,
thank you thank you goodnight...
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