by Katie Fiore
The annual French Cup international synchronized skating competition will be held this Friday February 2nd – Saturday February 3rd. The French Cup has consistently been one of the most prestigious international competitions throughout the years due to its large number of entries from all around the world.
The junior short program event will begin Friday, February 2nd after the Novice A group, which starts at 2:00 pm (8:00 am EST). Skyliners, Starlights and Lexettes will be representing Team USA. Lexettes are coming straight from their successful weekend at the Leon Lurje Trophy held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Lexettes earned a short program score of 61.81 and a total competition score of 158.29 after their Lala Land free program. Skyliners and Starlights will be returning to the international scene after both making very strong impressions at the Cup Of Berlin. Skyliners earned the gold medal with a total competition score of 165.73 followed by the Starlights who received a total score of 140.56. Representing Russia, Team Junost will be one to watch as they are just coming off a big win at the Mozart Cup this past weekend where they earned a total score of 172.82. These junior teams will certainly be top contenders for the podium this weekend, in addition to Finnish teams Dream Edges and Reflections. Seaside Junior (SWE), Black Diam’s Juniors (FRA), Team Jeanne D’Arc (FRA) and Zazous (FRA) will round out the group. The junior free program will conclude the event Saturday February 3rd at 3:00 pm (9:00 am EST). These intense junior competitions will be contributing factors when it comes to determining the 2018 Junior World Team. It will be exciting to follow this division in the upcoming months!
The senior short program will begin at 8:00 PM (2:00 pm EST). The Crystallettes will be representing Team USA for the third year in a row in the senior division at the French Cup. They will be looking to improve their standings after making a wonderful international debut at the Neuchatel Trophy a few weeks ago. They earned a total score of 159.81, placing 6th behind Lumineers (FIN). They will be performing their dynamic short program to “You Don’t Own Me”, and their free program to “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. World Champions and defending French Cup Champions, Paradise (RUS) will be performing their short program to “Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Muse)”, and their long program to “Age Of Heroes.” They recently earned a total score of 202.06 at the Shanghai Trophy, placing first. Finnish teams, Helsinki Rockettes, Team Unique and Marigold Ice Unity are in the mix for high placements. Helsinki Rockettes recently earned a total score of 128.56 at the Neuchatel Trophy, after two solid performances including their powerful “Tigers” themed short program. Marigold Ice Unity will be ready to attack this weekend, as their creative “Ocean” free program put them only 3.48 points behind Paradise’s FP score at the Shanghai Trophy this year. Team Unique recently placed fourth at the Neuchatel Trophy with a total score of 114.97 and two innovative programs. 2017 ISU World bronze medalists, Nexxice (CAN) will be pushing for gold this weekend, coming off of a total score of 199.40 at Winterfest. Newcomers, Team Unity (SWE) recently earned a total score of 125.88 at the Leon Lurje Trophy, and will be looking to improve their standings at their second international competition. Team Illumination (NED), Nova (AUS) and Zoulous (FRA) round out the division. The free program will follow on Saturday February 3rd at 8:00 pm (2:00 EST).
The French Cup is easily one of the most exciting synchronized skating events of the year! Be sure to check out the live-stream:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CywliiiJDgA
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