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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [acro] WAC Update #19 (July 1)


Thread: [acro] WAC Update #19 (July 1)

Message: [acro] WAC Update #19 (July 1)

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From: Allyson Parker-Lauck <aplauck at>

Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 03:20:45 UTC


 The day has finally come - with the exception of the 4-minute Free and
closing ceremonies, the 2005 World Aerobatic Championships are

The experience was awesome, and I've made some great new friends. 
Team USA ran into a few hurdles along the way, but in the end, we all
did our best and are proud of our efforts.

Russian Sergei Rahkmanin is again the World Aerobatic Champion and
men's overall champion.  In second place was another Russian, Oleg
Shpolyansky.  In third place was French phenom Renaud Ecale.  Renaud
came to Spain intending to fly "Bubbles", the Cap that had the run in
with Tiger Tom, but the unfortunate head on collision (on the ground
thank goodness) could have kept him out of the competition.  But
thanks to the Italians Maurizio Costa and Elena Corte, Renaud flew a
borrowed plane and lead the competition until the final flight. 
Simply amazing.

The US Men finished in the men's division in the following order:

Kirby Chambliss - 7th
Robert Armstrong - 11th
Zach Heffley - 13th
Hubie Tolson - 15th
David Martin - 21st
Michael Racy - 33rd

The women's overall was swept by the Russians with Svetlana Kapanina
in first, Elena Klimovitch in 2nd, and Svetlana Fedorenko in third.

The US Women finished in the women's division in the following order:

Debby Rihn-Harvey - 5th
Vicki Cruse - 8th
Allyson Paker-Lauck - 10th
Janet Fitzke - 11th

The 4-minute Freestyle whose winners will not only be awarded trophies
and titles, but also prize money, will be flown tomorrow.

The general awards and closing ceremonies will also be held tomorrow.

Tonight, Team USA hosted a wine and cheese party for all the
contestants.  It was a great time, and was really the first time since
the contest began that a social event was held for all participants. 
Also, the Teams are split between 3 or 4 different hotels, so we
rarely see each other outside the contest/flying environment.   So
needless to say, a great party was needed so that we could all cut
loose a little and enjoy our time with our international friends, old
and new.  A great time was had by all.

That's all for now.  Vicki and I aren't flying the 4-minute Free, so
we're hoping to get well on our way towards disassembly tomorrow.

That's it for tonight from Burgos.  Will be back home on the 6th.

Take care,


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