Tidbits (Timbits + Tedbits)
Saturday, October 23 -
|Team USA meditating this
|Tedro in the DZ-TV control
|The shopping district along
Good morning cyber-campers, it's as beautiful crisp Saturday morning
in Australia, a fine day for fine competition!
More than 40 messages in the mail this morning, please excuse if I
don't reply to all, thank you. I got five responses about the feminine
category question. All five were from women and all five, to some degree
or other, were against a separate category for women. Two even found the
idea patently offensive. Okay, moving on...
We have heated battles going in all events in the early going. In
men's freestyle, USA Rimple/Hetherington has jumped into the third
position, behind AUS Crick/King and FRA Arnoud/Fardel. In women's
freestyle AUS Stevens/Truman has a more comfortable lead over the
competition. In men's skysurf, RUS Rozov/Burch has padded their lead
somewhat over FRA Fradet/Iodicce and SUI Furrer/Heggli through five
rounds. In women's skysurf, it's a dead heat between USA O'Brien/O'Brien
and SUI Wegrath/Krecker for the top spot.
4-Way round 3 is in progress again, and it looks like few of these
teams are enjoying the task of a bipole > bipole out the door. The
Brits are up; very nice camera work by Ian, they do a 16, not bad for
the draw. Russia up next, OUCH they funneled the exit, that's going to
cost them, and they finish with a 13. USA is up - very nice looking jump
- a 19. And now France - they don't look nearly as smooth as USA this
morning - and they post a 18. They had a couple of glitches on that
jump, and USA ups their lead by one. And how about them apples: USA's
round 3 was so clean the judges didn't even look at the jump twice!
That's a first! And finishing round 3, the Norgies (hi Bob & Mike)
match Britain's 16 so they are tied at 60, 4 behind France and 6 behind
USA, and round 4 is under way now.
|The man, the myth, the
||Omar & G2 in USA tent
|Sarah from the UK Woman 4-way
||Norgies getting ready for
|Shark Air, it ain't...
||The legendary "FUN"
Still working on round 4 of 4-way; some clouds moved in and we are
on a weather hold. And what do I do with a weather hold? Why, send up a video
clip of USA 4-way round 3. You might want to bookmark that page and
check back for more clips as the meet goes on.
|Really good corn dogs here!
|Mr. Gumby and the flag
Hometown freestylist Chris Rimple and teammate Grant Hetherington are
doing very well in freestyle. They are a whisker apart from France's
Arnaud/Fardel for the second position, with leader Australia Crick/King
only a few points out front. Ashley Crick, if you haven't noticed, is
also contributing to the commentary here, but his time is limited as he
concentrates on competing. I'm no expert on freestyle, and I haven't
seen any of Ashley's jumps, but I've seen a couple of Chris and Grant's
jumps and they are doing some wonderfully coordinated routines. Their
hard work and training really shows!
In the women's 4-way, Sweden had a great comeback jump on round 5 to
pull even with Australia, and Great Britain is only 2 points behind
them. Some great races all around here, now if we can get the weather to
cooperate...well we do have plenty of time, the better part of a week
left to go here.
They've called it a day over here, and they'll be starting up with
8-way bellyfloppers in the morning, along with the boarders and
tumblers. And yes, I *AM* having fun! On to the bar! Make way, coming
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