win the team
away with an
time of 38: 33.
John Kagan (R), assisted by his lucky
timer, Dave Saks (L), made his eighth
consecutive World Championships
team. Photo by Rob Romash.
F1D World Championships
Senior team chosen
by John Kagan
The 2014 Senior F1D World Championships team was selected during the Kibbie Dome Annual in Moscow, Idaho, held this past July. The first spot went to Brett Sanborn, who is continuing his meteoric
progress. Brett logged two spectacular matching 37:05s on day two and then
went on to finish with an amazing 38: 33 in the final round. Keep in mind that the
previous site record was a mid- 34.
Playing the what-if game, Brett’s Kibbie performance
could have moved him further up the podium at the last
World Champs. At the very least, it looks as though his
program is now on par with Slovakian Ivan Treger and
German Lutz Schramm, both of whom had separated
themselves from the rest of the field by a significant margin.
It will be interesting to see how Brett stacks up in 2014,
and if anyone else can crack the code and join this trio.
The second team placing went to yours truly. I also
broke the previous site record, but with a much more
modest 35: 48 and 35: 26. I am happy to be on my eighth
consecutive team, but I have some work to complete before
the next World Champs.
The year 2014 tentatively takes us back to the Romanian
salt mine, which presents its own unique set of challenges.
The first two team positions were
secured by a healthy margin, but much
like the 2011 team selection, the third
spot came down to the wire. Mark
Bennett, Nick Ray, Jake Palmer, Ben
Saks, and Larry Coslick were all in
contention with times hovering in the
vicinity of 30 minutes.
Eight-time world champion, Jim
Richmond, sat on the bubble at the
start of the final day with a 33: 50
and 33: 47, although he had only 86
qualification points instead of the
Three-time world champion, Steve
Royce Chung missed
a team spot by only
four seconds, but is
still in contention
based on the
results of the
second half of
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