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Canada’s Nexxice wins bronze medal at ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS – Consistency paid off for Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., as it won the bronze medal on Saturday at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.
Paradise from Russia won the gold medal with 208.70 points, Marigold IceUnity from Finland took silver at 208.58 and the Canadians followed at 197.54. Nexxice ranked fourth for both its short and long programs.

The Finnish team RCKT was third after Friday’s short but ranked sixth in the long and wound up fifth overall behind Haydenettes from USA which climbed from fifth to fourth.

The Nexxice team members were: Cassandra Ablack, Madina Asrorova, Nadine Banholzer, Kelly Britten, Sarah Burns, Laura Emery, Ariana Gould-Tasoojy, Celina Hevesi, Emma Kim, Jamie Kosonic, Jenna Mackenzie, Megan MacLellan, Caroline Marr, Courtney McNaughton, Morgan Dykstra Stang, Kiersten Tietz, Alessandra Toso, Victoria Smith, Taylor Walker and Brooklyn Williamson.

‘’It was an emotion packed skate for us,’’ said Tietz. ‘’It was our best skate and we put our hearts into it.’’

Canada’s second entry, Les Supremes, from St-Léonard, Que., also improved gpoing from ninth to eighth overall with the fifth best long program.

Skating for Les Supremes are: Rebecca Allaire, Katherine Beaucage, Alexandra Bernardo, Audrey-Anne Blouin, Joannie Brazeau, Marie-Ève Comtois, Emma Maria Corona, Alessandra Criscuolo, Laura Désilets, Molly Katherine Farber, Sora Hatano, Ditte Rosa Miranda Louhikoski, Dana Malowany, Agathe Sigrid Merlier, Christina Morin, Alessia Malissa Polletta, Geneviève Rougeau, Claudia Sforzin, Sofya Squalli and Hélène Stojanovski.

Full results: ISU World Synchronized Skating Championship 2017

Photo : Jim Coveart

Canada’s Nexxice fourth after short program at ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS – Canadian champions Nexxice from Burlington, Ont.., is in fourth place after Friday’s short program at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.

Paradise from Russia leads the 24-team field with 72.62 with Marigold IceUnity from Finland second at 70.88 and their compatriots RCKT third at 69.18. Nexxice, the 2015 world champions, posted a 67.17 score.

The Nexxice team members are: Cassandra Ablack, Madina Asrorova, Nadine Banholzer, Kelly Britten, Sarah Burns, Laura Emery, Ariana Gould-Tasoojy, Celina Hevesi, Emma Kim, Jamie Kosonic, Jenna Mackenzie, Megan MacLellan, Caroline Marr, Courtney McNaughton, Morgan Dykstra Stang, Kiersten Tietz, Alessandra Toso, Victoria Smith, Taylor Walker and Brooklyn Williamson.

‘’We are very happy with our performance today,’’ said team captain Kiersten Tietz. ’We’re ready to comeback in the free program which we are really excited about.’’
Canada’s second entry, Les Supremes, from St-Léonard, Que., are ninth at 53.61.

Skating for Les Supremes are: Rebecca Allaire, Katherine Beaucage, Alexandra Bernardo, Audrey-Anne Blouin, Joannie Brazeau, Marie-Ève Comtois, Emma Maria Corona, Alessandra Criscuolo, Laura Désilets, Molly Katherine Farber, Sora Hatano, Ditte Rosa Miranda Louhikoski, Dana Malowany, Agathe Sigrid Merlier, Christina Morin, Alessia Malissa Polletta, Geneviève Rougeau, Claudia Sforzin, Sofya Squalli and Hélène Stojanovski.

Competition ends Saturday with the free skate.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1617/wcsys2017/

Photo Credit: Jim Coveart

Canadian synchronized skating teams headed to USA for 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have two teams competing at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships this week from April 7-8 in Colorado Springs, CO, USA. Twenty-four teams from across the world will be competing for the title of world champion.

Nexxice, from the Burlington Skating Centre, and Les Suprêmes, from CPA Saint-Léonard, earned their entries to the world championships winning gold and silver respectively at the 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships earlier this year in Calgary, Alta.

Nexxice senior, the 2015 World Champions, will be the first Canadian entry. Last season, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre placed seventh at this event. This season, they placed fourth at the French Cup and won the gold medal at the Trophy D’Ecosse. The 2017 Canadian champions are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Les Suprêmes senior will be the second Canadian entry. Last year, they placed fifth at this event. This season, Les Suprêmes won the bronze medal at the Leon Lurje trophy in Sweden, and won the silver medal at both the 2017 Canadian championships and the 2017 Budapest Cup. The representatives of CPA Saint-Léonard are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis and Amélie Brochu.

Karen Robertson of Chelsea, Que., will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and physiotherapist Shirley Kushner, of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Cynthia Alepin of Mount Royal, Que., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will also be traveling with the team.

For results and full entries, please visit isu.org.

For photos of Canadian entries, please contact [email protected]

Skate Canada names teams for 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

CALGARY, AB: Skate Canada has selected the teams that will represent Canada at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and 2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships.

Over the weekend, Nexxice, from the Burlington Skating Centre, and Les Suprêmes, from the CPA Saint-Léonard, earned their entries to the senior world championships, winning gold and silver respectively at 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Calgary, Alta.

The two senior teams will travel to Colorado Springs, USA, to compete at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, from April 7-8, 2017. This will be the 18th edition of the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships with Canada having won medals at 11 of those previous events.

The entries for the 2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships were determined at Skate Canada Central Ontario’s annual Winterfest competition. Nexxice (junior), of the Burlington Skating Centre and Les Suprêmes (junior) from CPA Saint-Léonard earned the two entries for Canada.

Nexxice and Les Suprêmes will have home country advantage as Canada hosts the 2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships for the first time. The event will be hosted in Mississauga, Ont., from March 10-11, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at Hershey Centre Box Office.

The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships was a biennial event but it was recently decided at the 2016 ISU Congress that the event will become annual beginning in 2017. The inaugural event was hosted in 2013 by Helsinki, Finland. In 2015, Team Canada (Les Suprêmes) won the nation’s first medal at the championships, a bronze.