Saturday 30 June
Last updated 05 Feb 2012 15:17
The final day is at hand. Today, World Champions will be
crowned. Dreams will be realized for some; hearts will hang heavy
for others. Many a hair will turn gray as the hearts pound, the
palms sweat, the breathing stops, and the clock winds down to the
final seconds of working time on the last jump. The hangar will erupt in
cheers and the Champagne -- and not a few tears -- will flow. It
will truly be a sight to behold. Who will come away champions on
this magic day? Stay right here my friends, hold my cyber hand,
and I will try to make you feel like you are here.
But first, I've been trying *REALLY* hard to get all the Style
& Accuracy results posted, but at this point I am going to
officially punt the ball on it. The accuracy results handed to me
this morning are in standings order, and I fat-fingered everything
yesterday morning in team number order. Until we get a
standard electronic system going for S&A results I'm not going
to be able to post them. Sorry. I'll try to post some style scores
though, at least I can get those in a text file.
I hear CF planes taking off, so we have some action coming
Yes, I am just a bit biased for my favorite CF team! ;-)
To the best of my knowledge (and I claim to know as much about
CF as a turtle does about running marathons) the USA has never won
a gold medal in CF Sequential. This US team has been working so
hard for so many years, and now they are one good jump away from
history. Can they hang on and do it? We will know in a few
MEANWHILE....FS 4 round nine is airborne...
FLASH NEWS FLASH
The USA Sequential team has just won their first gold medal
JUST by the skin of their teeth! They finished tied in points with
France but win on the highest-round tie breaker (their 12 points
in round 4). Wow! Congratulations USA
In 4-way FS, round nine completed in a flash, and France has
gained 3 points with a beautiful jump and now the USA lead is cut
Next up, FS4 Women final round. WHOA the UK ladies just did a
21, and Norway JUST missed a 23, they get 22. USA is up next...a
24! Great jump girls! The Swedes must do a 24 to win...I can hear
the crowd erupting in cheers from the hangar across the way, that
sure was a great round 10 effort by USA...now Sweden..they are not
as fast, a 21 and
FLASH NEWS FLASH
the USA women have stormed from behind to win the gold!
Wow! What an amazing comeback! They weren't even in the
medal standings after the first few rounds. Somebody's going to be
The FS 4 round ten is beginning, it is still early in the day
and I have already aged two years in two hours...you all be
sure to thank Ken please for his fabulous photos...
...the Swiss 4-way gets the award for best-dressed team, solid
black with white gloves (for easier judging)...and they get
26...the Norgies are next...wow, a 31! Smoking, the applause roars
from the hangar...France now...a slow start, fast finish, a 31,
the USA will need a 29 to win...here we go...a 30! USA
WINS! The hangar roars!
8-Way FS is taking off for their final round...
...here we go, and France has a good fast jump, a 20...Russia
now...they suffer one glitch but speed on to a 23, so USA will
need a 21 to win...Russia finished very strong on the end of their
jump...3 of 5 judges gave them the last freeze frame point, it was
that close...there is few minutes before USA lands for you folks
pounding on the refresh button...here we go! Sweaty palms and
thumping heart be calm...they are not going fast, a lot of
glitches, they are not going to make and Russia
has just won the gold medal! What a comeback by the
Russians! This is the first time in the history of 8-Way FS that
anyone other than USA has taken the sword! Congratulations Russia!
The FS competition committee at the IPC is proposing to reduce
the number of FS rounds from 10 to 7 for future championships. I
find convincing evidence with the end of Women's 4-way and 8-way
that 10 rounds is what the competitors would like to keep. This
was a fabulous finish, very exciting for the competitors. In the
end, all of the best teams won. Congratulations to all the
I will probably write more before I leave, but it's time to
pack OmniGear for a while. Thank you all for visiting, and for all
the kind words in emails. So long for now!
[T1's End-of-end-of-File Notes] Canopy Formations Speed
just wrapped things up (honest -- that pun is always as accidental
as it is bad ;) and once again France finished on top with 207.62
seconds total. USA finished second with 247.33 followed by Russia
at 277.11. Congratulations France 8-Way CF! And that, ladies,
gentlemen and skydivers, is a complete meet!!!
[T2's Amendment to T1's Notes]
Uh, we're not really done yet. We have to wait for all the
final Style & Accuracy scores to come over from drop zone
Alpha later. We'll get them up as soon as we can!
There's going to be some serious vodka drinking with the
Russians tonight, and the webmaster is going to join them! Film at
DOH - I almost forgot. I have for you the USA girls round 10!
I am going to guess that after I unplug this here laptop from
the wall in a few minutes, it will be for the last time until I
get home in a few days. There is an awards banquet in a few hours,
and I will be taking photos that I will post when I get home as a
final tidbits page. Then you won't have to listen to me until the
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