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Canada’s Les Suprêmes win bronze medal at French Cup

ROUEN, France – Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., won the bronze medal on Saturday at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

The Helsinki Rockettes grabbed the gold with 227.48 points followed by their Finnish compatriots Marigold Ice Unity in second at 224.08. Les Suprêmes maintained third place totalling 219.39.

Skating for the Suprêmes were: Jessica Allaire, Rebecca Allaire, Karianne Bégin, Julia Bernardo, Loriana Cocca, Marie-Ève Comtois, Ariane Conn, Laurie Désilets, Olivia Di Giandomenico, Lisanne Foley, Peter Gerome, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Giulia Hart-Lewis, Grace Carol LeTouzel, Dana Malowany, Agathe Merlier, Andréanne Paradis, Martha Pietrasik, Alessia Polletta and Florence Poulin.

“We felt super proud about our performance,” said Désilets, the team captain. “We really went and gave the performance we had hoped for. We really felt it and the crowd did as well and that gave us more energy. The result is a great outcome for us. We worked really hard the last few weeks.”

In junior competition, Junost from Russia won the gold medal followed by two teams from Finland: Dream Edges in second place and Musketeers in third.

The two Canadian entries dropped in the standings. Nexxice from Burlington, Ont. went from fifth after Friday’s short to sixth while Les Suprêmes juniors slid from fourth to sixth overall. There were 14 teams.

The Nexxice skaters were: Christina Au, Ninna Blom, Savana Bosco, Kayleigh Cheung, Avery Clark, Alice Douplik, Vasiliki Victoria Kiriakou, Cassandra Leung, Natalie Leung, Kathryn Malott, Abbey McMurray, Victoria Morgado, Noora Naatsaari, Mya Napier, Matilda Nilsson, Miriam Pedrozo, Lauren Pollack, Beatrice Sassi and Angela Yang.

Skating for les Suprêmes were Jade Deschênes, Solène Aymard, Émilie Beaucage, Julia Caponi, Alona Chabalin-Zea, Alice Cormier, Thea Dimbu, Natasha Gligorijevic, Victoria Gligorijevic, Charlotte Grutter, Josephine Kawa, Astrid Kumpulainen, Audrey-Ann Lajeunesse, Audrey Landrey, Mia Lasalle, Olivia Ronca, Simona Ronca, Lauren Santori, Frédérique Savard and Sara Squalli.

Full results: 2020French Cup

Les Suprêmes third after short program at French Cup

ROUEN, France – Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., are on track for a second international medal this season after placing third in Friday’s short program at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

Marigold from Russia is first with 79.35 points, Rockettes from Finland are second at 78.12 and les Suprêmes follow at 77.27. Back in November, les Suprêmes took the bronze at the California Cup in Irvine.

Skating for the Suprêmes on Friday were: Jessica Allaire, Rebecca Allaire, Karianne Bégin, Julia Bernardo, Loriana Cocca, Marie-Ève Comtois, Ariane Conn, Laurie Désilets, Olivia Di Giandomenico, Lisanne Foley, Peter Gerome, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Giulia Hart-Lewis, Grace Carol LeTouzel, Dana Malowany, Agathe Merlier, Andréanne Paradis, Martha Pietrasik and Alessia Polletta.

“We’re super happy about our scores,” said Désilets. “It was not perfect but we felt we brought the public into our world and displayed how important it is to work as a team. We hope to do the same in the free which will about the environment. It’s something we believe in and we want to bring everybody with us.”

Canada’s two entries in the junior event are also in the medal chase ranking fourth and fifth in Friday’s short program.

In the junior competition, Junost from Russia is first with 68.99, Dream Edges from Finland are second at 68.14 followed by another Finnish entry, Musketeers, in third at 66.40.

Les Suprêmes juniors are in fourth spot at 65.15 and Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., follow in fifth at 62.73.  There are 14 teams entered. Both Canadian teams are tuning up for the world junior championships later this winter.

Skating for les Suprêmes are Jade Deschênes, Solène Aymard, Émilie Beaucage, Julia Caponi, Alona Chabalin-Zea, Alice Cormier, Thea Dimbu, Natasha Gligorijevic, Victoria Gligorijevic, Charlotte Grutter, Josephine Kawa, Astrid Kumpulainen, Audrey-Ann Lajeunesse, Audrey Landrey, Mia Lasalle, Olivia Ronca, Simona Ronca, Lauren Santori, Frédérique Savard and Sara Squalli.

“We really enjoyed our skate,” said Deschênes. “There was a great atmosphere here and we are excited about being in France to perform our programs. We can’t wait to show our Matrix free program to the audience. It is something totally different from today.”

The Nexxice skaters are Christina Au, Ninna Blom, Savana Bosco, Kayleigh Cheung, Avery Clark, Alice Douplik, Vasiliki Victoria Kiriakou, Cassandra Leung, Natalie Leung, Kathryn Malott, Abbey McMurray, Victoria Morgado, Noora Naatsaari, Mya Napier, Matilda Nilsson, Miriam Pedrozo, Lauren Pollack, Beatrice Sassi and Angela Yang.

“In practice we’ve been working on improving our focus, the elements and the technical aspects of our skate,” said Napier. “For the most part today we achieved that.”

“It was an aggressive fierce skate,” added Clark. “When things didn’t go our way, we fought through it and tried our best to keep it together.”

The free programs are on Saturday.

Full results: French Cup

Three Canadian Synchronized Skating Teams in France for French Cup

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will be sending three synchronized skating teams to the 26th annual 2020 French Cup, in Rouen, France from January 31-February 2, 2020. This event is an ISU (International Skating Union) sanctioned event and will see teams competing in novice, junior and senior.

In junior, NEXXICE junior will be the first of two junior teams representing Canada. This season, the team finished third at the California Cup and most recently qualified for the 2020 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships after finishing second at the annual Winterfest competition. The team is coached by Trish Perdue-Mills.

Les Supremes junior will be the second team representing Canada in France. Earlier this season, the team won bronze at Lumiere Cup and most recently won gold at Winterfest, qualifying them for the 2020 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Marylin Langlois.

In senior, Les Supremes senior will be the lone team representing Canada. This season, the team won bronze at the California Cup. They are coached by Marylin Langlois and Pascal Denis.

Mary Ellen McDonald, Senior Director, Operations, will be the team leader at the event. Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., will be the Canadian official attending the event.

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