Budapest, Hungary (January 22, 2024) – The international synchronized skating season got started this weekend in Budapest, Hungary with the Budapest Cup, and the reigning world championship team, Les Suprêmes, from Saint-Léonard, Que., showed that they are still the team to beat by winning gold in the senior event.
The team had a good fight from the Haydenettes team from the USA – the American team was sitting in first following the short program, but their narrow lead was swallowed by the Les Suprêmes team in the free skate – leaving the Canadian team in first with a total overall score of 234.60, and the Americans in second with a total score of 232.73. The Helsinki Rockettes team from Finland captured the bronze with a total score of 229.03.
“We’re really with both of our skates. We’ve been working on our technical since nationals, and we’re really happy that we improved that. And overall, we just wanted to do exactly like we do in practice and have fun,” said team co-captain Olivia Di Giandomenico of their performances.
Team NEXXICE from Burlington, Ont., also had some really strong skates and finished in fifth place overall with a total score of 212.22.
“We’ve had a really amazing experience in Budapest. After nationals, where we had a couple of mistakes, we wanted to come out here and prove ourselves, and I think we did,” said NEXXICE co-captain Tegan Orr.
Her co-captain Taylor Johnston added: “We’ve made amazing progress with both programs over the past few weeks and we’ve been working really hard together to find that collaboration and really put those best programs out there.”
The Nova Juniors team from St-Hubert, Que., had the top canadian finish in the junior competition, finishing just off the podium in fourth with a total score of 183.33. The Golding Ice Junior team from Blainville, Que., finished sixth with a total score of 159.28. The Elite Junior team from the USA won gold with a total score of 202.22, while the Dream Edges Junior team (200.68) and Fintastic Junior team (200.39), both from Finland, took silver and bronze respectively.
“We felt really strong. We wanted to put out a performance that we could be proud of, and we really put our hearts into it,” said Nova team co-captain Jordan Campbell.
Next up for Canadian synchronized skaters is the Trophy D’Écosse taking place in Dumfries, Great Britain from January 26-27 where two junior teams – NEXXICE and Ignite Junior will be looking to climb onto the podium.
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