NEXXICE Wins Junior Synchronized Skating Title at 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships
OSHAWA, ON. (January 12, 2023) – NEXXICE won the gold medal in the junior synchronized skating event on Thursday at the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
The Burlington, Ont., team earned 192.24 points with defending champions Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., second at 186.01. Gold Ice from Brampton, Ont., was third at 156.39.
This is the first time the synchronized skating events are part of the National Skating Championships.
‘’It felt incredible to be part of these championships,’’ said NEXXICE co-captain Calie Williams. ‘’I grew up looking at all these skaters, ice dancers and pairs.. It’s really incredible to make it here.’’
The other co-captain Elaine Chan said the squad kept its focus for the free skate after ranking first in Wednesday’s short program. NEXXICE was runner-up at last year.
‘’We didn’t let that get to our heads,’’ she said. ‘’We went in with a fresh slate. We wanted to show our best work at this competition.’’
Les Suprêmes were fifth and Nexxice sixth at the world juniors last year. The 2023 junior worlds are March 10-11 in Angers, France.
The short program was held for the senior synchronized skating. Les Suprêmes, the reigning world champions and seeking a third straight national title, are first at 78.34 with NEXXICE second at 77.55 and Nova from St-Hubert, Que., third at 74.53.
‘’Our short program went super well,’’ said Julia Bernardo, Les Suprêmes co-captain. ‘’It was fun and we replicated what we did in practice, We worked together and gave each other energy.’’
The free skate is on Friday. Also on Friday are the short programs in all four senior events: men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dancing.
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