A major synchro competition in a country in lockdown
The absence of spectators in the stands did not spoil the atmosphere of the Lumière Cup.
Although the Netherlands are in lockdown, the 5th Lumière Cup started on Friday in Eindhoven. A relief for the organizers who are setting up for the first time a Challenger Series competition.
The president of the organizing committee, Ellie van Soest, said that they were hoping to organize a great event for the 5th anniversary of the competition. Nevertheless, they are happy that the competition could be maintained thanks to the collaboration of the KNSB (national figure skating association) and the NOC*NSF (the umbrella organization for sports in The Netherlands). The venue, IJssportcentrum Eindhoven and the event are now considered as "professional competition". The sports and competitions that have obtained this label can be held despite the confinement.
None of the teams made big mistakes or fell in their short program.
Like last week at the Hevelius Cup in Gdansk, Poland, Team Crystal Ice junior from Russia finished first after their short program, receiving 71.97 points. The moves element was particularly fabulous and got a +5 GEO from one of the judges.
Team Cool Dreams (SUI) sits in 3rd place, scoring 43.77 points. This was an excellent comeback for this team, who had their last international competition back in 2019 at the Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships, where they finished with an impressive 10th place.
Attending their 2nd Challenger Series event of 2022, Team Le Soleil (POL) improved its Personal Best score for the short program by 3 points. They are currently in 4th place with a score of 38,90 points.
Team Starlight Junior (SUI) is not far behind and is currently 5th, and the team Les Zazous (FRA) placed 6th after the short program.
Team Paradise missed a level on their Pivoting Block but had a powerful program with a great interpretation of the music. They scored 80.09 after the short program.
Team Crystal Ice Senior had a very good skate and a Pivoting Block with a lot of speed, which was rewarded by the panel with a level 4 (score: 76.67).
Team Skating Graces (GER) is 4th and Team Ice United (NED) is 5th.
The first day of the Lumière Cup was well organized. The organizing committee showed that they could manage a safe event by doing everything within their power to keep the skaters, staff and judges safe.
Facemasks are required, the whole venue has a one-way walking direction, and each team has their designated place in the stands.
The second day of the Lumière Cup will start on Saturday at 15:56 hour (Eindhoven time) with the junior free programs.
Results - TOP 3
Lumière Cup 2022
JAN 13, 2022 - JAN 16, 2022
|1||Crystal Ice (RUS)||206.15|
|2||Team Image (USA)||166.48|
|3||Cool Dreams (SUI)||123.59|
|1||Team Paradise (RUS)||226.55|
|2||Crystal Ice (RUS)||208.61|