INNSBRUCK, Austria – Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., and Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., finished fifth and sixth on Saturday at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships.
Fintastic from Finland was first in the short program and Saturday’s free skate to win the gold medal with 205.61 points. U.S. teams grabbed the other two medals with Skyliners second at 204.39 and Elite third at 204.11
Les Suprêmes, fourth after the short, dropped a spot totalling 192.36. For their free skate they ranked second for skating skills and transitions and received no deductions.
The skaters for the Suprêmes were Sarah Chaibi, Léanne Charette, Ke-Erl Constance Chen, Tiffany Coones Pedreira, Xavier Dion-Lacasse, Charlie Forest, Victoria Gimenez, Emma Grenier, Olympia Kalaganis, Josephine Kawa, Maxine Lachapelle, Audrey Landry, Emma Leblanc, Gabriella Musi, Frédérique Richard, Simona Ronca, Minel Senses and Daniela Verelli.
‘’We’re very proud of what we did considering everything that’s been going on in the world,’’ said Grenier. ‘’We’re grateful to be here and have this opportunity to skate. To better our score from nationals is very satisfying.’’
Nexxice gained a spot in the standings with the sixth best free skate out of 23 entries.
The skaters for Nexxice were Nethma Aluthge, Elaine Chen, Kayleigh Lauren Cheung, Avery Clark, Rianna Forthuber, Celina Guo, Layla Kauffman, Natalya Krywetzky, Kaitlin Leung, Mia Lubert, Zoe Mainville, Soomin Oh, Vanessa Pan, Morgan Seiling, Saba Shirpak, Sophia Tvaradze, Calie Williams, Nina Xuan and Kayley Yiu.
‘’Our goal was to have as much fun as possible since it’s our last skate of the season,’’ said Clark. ‘’And I think we accomplished that and lived through the entire moment. It’s been a great week and we are happy to end it this way.’’
Les Suprêmes and Nexxice were 1-2 at nationals last month in Calgary.
The ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships are scheduled for Hamilton, Ont., April 7-9.
Full results: https://results.isu.org/results/season2122/wjsysc2022/