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The NSL News had seen the sword already earlier this year. Anatoly Zhirov, former Russian top competitor, current IPC delegate and advisor to the IPC Formation Skydiving Committee, visited the dubbing station at the world meet in Croatia one day during the meet with a large box. The NSL News station was located in the same room where Zhirov was looking for a place to hide this box until the conclusion of the competition. Due to the nature of the job, NSL reporter in Croatia, Kurt Gaebel, asked Zhirov about the content of this box. The Russian official opened the box for the NSL News, and both Zhirov and Gaebel could not resist laying their hands on the most desired 4-way trophy after the box was opened.
The homecoming celebration for Majik with the presentation of Excalibur was delayed since the team had no time to celebrate the victory in Croatia. The USPA Championship 2004 was scheduled so close to the world meet that none of the new world champions (DeLand Majik, Arizona Airspeed and Perris Synchronicity) had much time to rest or even train. All three teams traveled from Croatia to California and competed in Perris a week later.
The US world champions were fortunate that the competition in Perris was not strong enough to seriously challenge them. However, DeLand Majik and Arizona Airspeed still had to work hard enough to defend their USPA 2004 gold medals against the Golden Knights in 4-way and in 8-way. The timing of these top events is crucial for the best teams and surely did not make it easy for the US national teams this year.
Skydive DeLand owner Bob Hallett took the sword in his hands, as well, and congratulated his home team for the great success. Hallett then celebrated with the team and the DeLand crowd in his restaurant, around the drop zone and at the camp fire. Majik's Solly Williams explained that the team has not completed the considerations of the Majik future yet. Team meetings will follow, and the NSL News will follow up as soon as information will be available.