Did You Know...... that Lithuania had three teams at the World Challenge 2013?
Magic 4 lineup in 2005
15 years later, Magic 4 competed for Lithuania at the Mondial Dubai 2012 and finished with a 14.0 average in 23rd place. One of the team members competed at both events, Center Outside Sigitas Augustauskas.
The name Magic 4 appeared on the NSL website the first time in 2005 when the team competed at the World Cup in Eloy, Arizona. Magic 4 has become a very familiar name ever since, and the team from Lithuania was also once again on the leaderboard of the World Challenge 2013 (13th - 19.2) to launch this year's competition season.
Magic 4 at the Mondial Dubai 2012
The World Challenge 2013 was also marking a new era for skydiving competition in the small country in Northern Europe, the largest of the three Baltic states, situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark.
For the first time in history, Lithuania will have 4way teams in the Open Class and in the female category. The Solarflakes confirmed for the NSL News that they are planning to compete at the World Cup 2013, as well, after attending the World Challenge in April.
New in the AA Class: Solarflakes
Jelena Sokolovska explained for the NSL News that her team was formed only last autumn and could not be ready in time for the AAA Class dive pool: "We did not manage to prepare for such a high level in such a short time. So we participated in the AA Class at the World Challenge this year."
She added that her team is currently training in Lithuania to prepare for the national championships in July. The World Cup in Bosnia and Herzegowina in August is then going to be the biggest event for the team, and the Solarflakes are very excited: "We will represent Lithuania as a national team there..."
New in the A Class: Equinox
Equinox has moved up into the A Class this year and opened the competition season with a 10.5 average in Bedford. Team member Algimantas Skuodis recently reported that Lithuania had great weather when the teams in Germany and Finland tried to get in the air for their meet jumps last weekend.
His team managed to make all planned training jumps and only hit a rain cloud once: "This is quite an achievement here in Lithuania..."
Lithuanian delegation at the World Challenge 2013
New Equinox member Mindaugas Civilis collected his first 4way experiences last year with Mag J, another Lithuanian Rookie Class team. Equinox still decided to step up into the A Class with the new member. The team was happy with the 10.5 average in Bedford as a starter.
Equinox will compete again at the meets in Lithuania and then travel to the ESL Championship and the ISR Grand Prix.