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World Games 2013 – Day 2: 3 rounds for Canopy Piloting and 2 for Paragliding Accuracy

The second day of the Parachuting Canopy Piloting and Paragliding Accuracy was in full swing yesterday in Cali, Colombia, at the World Games 2013. Three rounds took place for Canopy Piloting and two for Paragliding Accuracy.

All the athletes were clearly enjoying the effects of the warmth of the Colombian spectators who cheered, applauded and reacted very enthusiastically to Paragliding and Parachuting events, although it was the first time for many of them to witness such competitions. Media interviewed athletes, while children and grown-ups alike asked for pictures and autographs.

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World Games 2013: Opening Ceremony and first rounds in airsports events

opening ceremony world games 2013After two days of training, official competitions begun yesterday morning for the Canopy Piloting and Paragliding Accuracy athletes participating in the World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia.

The first competition day was punctuated by the airsports Opening Ceremony where athletes and officials paraded in front of the cheering public. FAI President John Grubbström, accompanied by FAI Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan, concluded the ceremony with a speech thanking the people of Cali for their warm welcome.

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World Games 2013: Tickets for airsports sold out !

world games spectatorsOn the morning of the kickoff of the airsports events at the World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia, all signs are go for Parachuting Canopy Piloting and Paragliding Accuracy, as the news came that all the tickets for airsports competitions are sold out. In total, the two events will welcome 2000 people every day.

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World Games 2013: Last practice day for airsports

Yesterday parachuting canopy piloting and paragliding accuracy athletes and officials had a last chance to get ready before the competitions start tomorrow in Cali, Colombia, at the World Games 2013, in front of full rows of spectators.

Jessica EdgeingtonJessica Edgeinton from USA, one of the top female canopy piloting athletes with high hopes for the World Games Champion title, was getting ready for the competition : "We don’t have super strong wind here, but we are going faster because of the altitude [Cali is located at 1000 m], so it is challenging, especially for the accuracy event. The course set up is nice, and today we had a good practice. For tomorrow I try to keep my focus and not overanalyze everything, relax and get some good sleep," she said.

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2013 FAI European Championships for Control Line Model Aircraft

6969-2013-control-lineBekescsaba-HUNAeromodellers compete in Bekescsaba, Hungary, from 3 to 10 August 2013

8th FAI European Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Radom, Poland

8607-8th-Euro-Adv-Aero-Radom-POLThe competition took place from 1 to 11 August 2013

2013 FAI Junior European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft in Pazardzik (Bulgaria)

Euro-J-Free-flight-2013-pazardzik-BULThe pictures of the competition are on Flickr !

World Games 2013 athlete's profile: Nunnapat Phuchong (THA)

Name Nunnapat PHUCHONG  PHUCHONG Nunnapat
Sport Accuracy Landing
Gender F
Ranking 88
Nationality THA
Year of birth 1987
Start year in the sport 2008
Experience 1000/1000/500
Best achievement in competition 85

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World Games 2013 athlete's profile: Christopher Bobo (USA)

Name Christopher BOBO BOBO Ian
Sport Canopy Piloting
Gender M
Ranking 9
Nationality USA
Year of birth 1971
Start year in the sport 1989
Experience 20000+ jumps
Best achievement in competition 2005 World Cup Champion
FAI world records FS4 - 46 Formations

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The 2013 Paragliding World very best!

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The 13th FAI World Paragliding Championship came to an end in Sopot, Bulgaria, on July 26th.

The French are the big winners with the Overall and Team titles. Poland takes the Women title.

Thanks to the organisers for their very good work and website. The following excerpts are taken from it.

"During this main paragliding event of the year 2013 we had 5 unique tasks. Each task had its special weather conditions. From first task with absolutely covered sky and slow thermals till final fifths race with strong sunny conditions which are really common for Sopot actually at this time. Each day weather became stronger requiring more and more speedy flying manner and skills from pilots. But exactly those who were able to show best self control and ability to make independent decisions and “read” weather could set the advantage from the first competition day and keep it till the end of this great championship."

Overall

  • 1 - Jeremie Lager  (FRA)
  • 2 - Charles Cazaux  (FRA)
  • 3 - Davide Cassetta  (ITA)
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"These pilots demonstrated an outstanding ability not to follow the mass instincts and judge rationally. This helped them to get advantage in the first most difficult task. And later all they had to do just to keep their achievements."

Women

  • 1 - Klaudia Bulgakow  (POL)
  • 2 - Seiko Fukuoka  (FRA)
  • 3 - Nicole Fedele  (ITA)
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"During all the races we witnessed the acute competition of Klaudia Bulgakow and Seiko Fukuoka. Klaudia had a win! The third place belongs to a famous Italian pilot Nicole Fedele. Congratulations and applause for these brave ladies!"

Nations

  • 1 - France
  • 2 - Italy
  • 3 - Venezuela
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"The stable fine positions of French pilots during the race have brought them a deserved victory. The Italian team has won the second place due to excellent flights of its members who twice were first in the Task results. Venezuela team have deserved the third winning place by its incomparably vivacious team spirit!"

See more at:http://airtribune.com/13-fai-world-paragliding-championship

8th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships in Leszno, Poland

W-J-gliding-leszno-201328 July to 10 August 2013 - Standard Class/Club Class