SALZBERG, Austria – Nova from Brossard, Que., didn’t win the short program or the free program but took first spot overall to win the gold medal at the Mozart Cup synchronized skating competition.
Nova ranked third in the short program and second in the free but its overall score of 215.86 was tops. Marigold Ice Unity from Finland won the free skate to climb from fourth to second with 215.04. Crystal Ice from Russia was third at 213.50. Team Unique from Finland dropped from first to fourth. There were 14 entries.
“We knew we had great potential to do some high level skating,” said Nova team member Laurence Darveau. “We really wanted to make sure we were in the game and do two performances that show our skills.”
Other skaters on Nova were: Dominic Barthe, Sarah Bousquet-Saint-Laurent, Maya Cardillo, Josyane Cholette, Laura Derome, Véronica Dowse, Gabrielle Gauthier-Roy, Audrey Hébert, Maude Héon-Grandchamp, Valérie Magnan Lévesque, Audrey Martel, Élizabeth Morin, Alycia O’Leary, Gabrielle Paul, Simon Proulx-Sénécal Tessa Sarret and Émillie Villeneuve.
In junior competition, Canada’s two entries placed fourth and fifth.
Crystal Ice Junior from Russia was first with 194.46 points, Skyliners Junior from the U.S. were second at 181.41 and Team Mystique from Finland followed at 170.62.
Nexxice Junior from Burlington, Ont., produced the third best free program but remained fourth at 162.01. Nova Junior was fifth at 142.40. There were 13 entries.
The skaters for Nexxice Junior were Christina Sze Wai Au, Ashley Sophie Bona, Savana Bosco, Avery Nasha Clark, Abbey Elaine Ana Glumpak, Lauren Elizabeth Hatfield, Amanda Talia Kauffman, Vasiliki Victoria Kiriakou, Natalie Leung, Nellie Charlotte Meijer, Victoria, Maria Morgado, Mya Isabelle Napier, Madeleine Margaret North, Desiree Melissa Perry, Lauren Samantha Pollack, Meghan Marguerite Tiplady, Sophia Tong, Emily Kristine Van Berkel and Milja Amilda Wilamo.
“We weren’t at our best in the short program,” said Van Berkel. “We definitely redeemed ourselves in the free and did a really good program. It was a really good learning experience to show that anything can happen on the ice.”
The skaters for Nova Junior were Chloé Au, Meghane Beaudry, Janie Bréard, Sophie Caron, Justine Fournier, Alexia Gaudet, Éloise Goupil, Evelynn Janacek, Marie-Noelle Jean, Noémie Julien, Marie-Noelle Lemay, Mélody Nadeau, Élise Potvin, Élodie Roy, Lili-Anne Tellier, Naomi Tessier and Noémie Tremblay.
“Our skates were really great and we are proud of ourselves,” said Julien. “It was our first international competition so we just came here to do our best and skate clean.”