2016 USPA Nationals at Skydive Arizona in Eloy
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06:55 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016

The Golden Knights just got down from round 5 and are on a quick call to finish this meet. 

Airspeed took the lead for second from Deguello 17 in round 5. Deguello 17 will need to have an extraordinary result in round 6 to steal back the silver. 

Nothing is official until the Knights are caught up and all the scores are finally tallied. 



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06:45 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



Live from the landing area!!



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06:30 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



Meanwhile in Little Texas…



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06:25 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016

With Deguello’s score of 5 in round five, Airspeed now has a three point lead going into Round 6 pushing Deguello into the third position. 



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06:03 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



Airspeed has overtaken Deguello 17 to take the second position going into the final round. Nothing can be confirmed as far as position until the Golden Knights have been scored.



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05:36 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



Photo by David Cherry

Things are getting tight in 16-way. Deguello 17 slipped in round 4 allowing Airspeed to pull closer and tie them for the second position. Airspeed has been judged in round 5 scoring an 8, so Deguello will need at least an 8 to stay tied going into the final round. 

The Golden Knights score for round 4 hasn’t come up yet as they had to do a re-jump, which they are doing now. More details to follow on this. 






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04:52 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



Artistic is now in Round 2.



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03:50 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



Today is the hottest day of the week. Lots of dirt diving indoors as it’s pushing 100 degrees today.



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03:36 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



The vibe on the DZ is this: CAN DEGUELLO 17 make up three points to win gold? 

This is getting interesting as they are staying on the heels of the Golden Knights. 



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02:55 PM - Thu. Oct 27, 2016



Photo by David Cherry

12:54pm - 10/27/2016

Good afternoon from Day 8 of the USPA National Championships at Skydive Arizona. Today, the competition begins with 16-Way Formation Skydiving followed by the beautiful Artistic events. 

THE SKINNY

Another perfect weather day. The competition went on call at 8:00am and per usual, aircraft have been flying nonstop. 

There are 7 teams competing in the 16-Way format. Through two rounds of completed scoring, the Golden Knights have a 4 point lead, but it’s not a forgone conclusion as they lead Deguello 17. 

If you’re unfamiliar to 16-way, Deguello is one of the few teams in the world who have been competing for I believe 27 years? (We’ll need to confirm this stat) Deguello exclusively focuses on 16-Way and are off to a great start. 

Tied with Deguello at 13 points is Furious Lite 350 Monster Mash. Monster Mash is a talented team, but many are surprised that they’re keeping up with Deguello. Not to be forgotten is Arizona Airspeed which is made up of some serious all-star talent. 

WHAT TO WATCH

The 16-way format is only a 6 round competition versus 10 rounds, so teams lurking around the podium may try to pull out all of the stops and go for broke as they slowly run out of rounds. Deguello 17 usually finishes in the silver medal position each year usually missing the gold to a team of all-stars like the Golden Knights. Being that the Golden Knights haven’t pulled too far ahead, the question everyone is asking is “Could This Be The Year for Deguello?” 

Undeniably, Deguello is the sentimental favorite and while they have a shot at first, they have their work cut out to secure second.




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05:51 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016



8-Way is slowly coming to a close. It’s been an extraordinary day of competition. Here’s what the podiums look like through 9 rounds, barring a videographer not capturing any part of the dive in round 10! 

OPEN CLASS 

GOLD - US Army Golden Knights
SILVER - Arizona Airspeed
BRONZE - Amphibious Attack Tigers 

ADVANCED CLASS 

GOLD - Sugar Free Haribo Gummi Bears 
SILVER - Perris Kisses
BRONZE - The French 8-Way Team 

INTERMEDIATE CLASS 

GOLD - AF Afterburn
SILVER - SDC Octomino XP
BRONZE - Salty Pr8zels 

PHOTO BY David Cherry, D Squared



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04:37 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016



Air Force Academy going up for round 9.



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04:19 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016



We’ve not been talking to too many teams as they are hyper-focused on the task at hand. Priority is to get to the podium.

OPEN CLASS

The race is for third place. Paraclete XP8 and the Amphibious Attack Tigers have been going back and forth in position all day with swings of up to three points in some rounds. XP8 struggled in the 8th round allowing Amphibious Attack Tigers to move ahead by three points going into the 9th round. Usually, you’d think AAT would probably have it locked, but the scoring swings between these two teams have been so wide that it’s inconclusive until everyone lands from round ten. The US Army Golden Knights are cruising to gold as is Airspeed to silver.

I think the gold and silver teams are now more concerned about what theme song they’ll be playing when they walk up to the podium at tonight’s awards ceremony than they are their final position. It’s a done deal for them.

ADVANCED CLASS

Sugar Free Haribo Gummi Bears are literally eating gummi bears in free fall as they have gold in their sights with no close contenders. The battle here is for silver.

Perris Kisses hold a two-point lead over the (Louis) French 8-Way team with two rounds remaining. THIS WILL BE CLOSE.

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

SDC Octomino XP now holds a two point lead over the Salty Pr8zels. AF Afterburn just continues to impress.



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03:32 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016

The teams are so tight, we are not doing too many interviews as everyone is so focused. This is down to the wire depending on the class



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02:59 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016



Perris Kisses had a three point lead. Things are tightening up!!!



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02:56 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016



Who will take bronze in 8-way?! Wow!!! Down to the wire.



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01:44 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016

Scores are slowly getting caught up and we can see how things are heating up. We will up our coverage as we are now getting into the later rounds of the comp. 

OPEN CLASS

With a few rounds to go, the gold and silver are a forgone conclusion with Golden Knights and Airspeed locking those places down. We are seeing a back and forth battle between Amphibious Attack Tigers and XP 8. Only 1 point separates them from each other and the bronze medal. This will be interesting. 

ADVANCED CLASS

Sugar Free Haribo Gummi Bears continue to hold their position at the top while Perris Kisses have a 3 point lead over Louis French’s - French 8-Way Team. Since our first update this morning, it appears that Spaceland Lite 8 is slowly slipping from the podium. 

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

AF Afterburn has gold locked barring anything crazy, but the most interesting battle of the day continues between Salty Pr8zels (33 thru 6 rounds) and SDC Ocotmino XP (32 points thru 6 rounds). 



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01:20 PM - Wed. Oct 26, 2016



There were some whispers around the DZ that Round 6 may be an opportunity to break a world record 33 points set by the Golden Knights in 2015. It was not to be. The Knights finished with an impressive 30.



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