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Ferocious Aerobatic Glider Championship 2014

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The worlds best aerobatic glider pilots competed at Pomerania's Airfield, Torun (Poland) from the 22nd July to 2nd August due to the celebration of the FAI World Glider Aerobatics Championship.

 (Photos by Pawel Biarda)

 A total of 68 pilots from 14 countries both in the Advanced and Unlimited categories competed in the event. For over a week and a half, from sunrise to sunset, around two hundred flights were performed in order to find the world champion of this year.

Pilot skills were tested during each flight. This year the level of the competitors was extremely high, therefore previous extensive training was needed to ensure a good position. Pilots were required to fly very difficult figures at a high speed and sometimes at extremely slow speeds, where the glider was close to the stall. This is one the reasons why mastering the energy was required for all the competition flights.

The difficult and unstable weather conditions during the event increased the tension between the pilots and kept the world champion unknown until the last day of the competition.

In the Advanced category, the French pilot Romain Vienne took the gold medal home and therefore the title of the world champion. He obtained an average score of 75,467% after winning the Known, 1st unknown and Free Unknown sequences. Polish female pilot, Katarzyna Żmudzińska, got the silver medal with an average of 74,871%. Her teammate, Sławomir Talowski obtained the bronze with a score of 73,807%.

Concerning the team medals, Poland won the gold, followed by France and Germany that obtained the bronze.

In the Unlimited category, Maciej Popieszyński from the Polish team didn't give any option to his rivals, after wining the free and the 1st unknown. He got the gold medal with an overall score of 74,834%, being this the second time that he is proclaimed world champion, the previous one obtained in 2012. Hungarian pilot, Ferenc Toth, got the silver with a punctuation of 74,402%, followed very closely by Georgy Kaminskiy from Russia, who got the bronze medal with a slight difference of 0,249%.

Maciej Popieszyński Unlimited world glider champion 2014

The Czech Republic was proclaimed the best national team thus obtaining the gold, the Polish got the silver and the Russian the bronze.

Snap&Roll had the chance to talk to Maciej Popieszyński after the competition and this is what he said when we asked him about his feelings during the championship:

Im very happy I regain my title during the championship in my home country. This is the 3rd year in row Im standing on the podium during WGAC and second on the highest position. Its the outcome of hard work and many tradeoffs I had to make while preparing myself for this season. Of course this is not only my achievement but also my coach Adam Michałowski, who has great experience as WGAC pilot (he won second place in WGAC) and also he has great skills as an instructor. I think it is also very helpful that Adam is sitting sometimes in the jury and assesses other pilots performances. To sum up, he is a perfect coach and I like to work with him.

The contest was directed by Pavol KAVKA and an exceptional line of 8 FAI judges, lead by Philippe KÜCHLER.

The next FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championship and the World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championship will take place next year in Zbraslavice (Czech Republic).

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