Switzerland wants to build a new senior team
The Cool Dreams Senior have been stopped due to a lack of skaters. / Credits: Markus Banholzer, Spring Cup in Milan, 2015
A wind of renewal began to blow in Switzerland after the dissolution of the Cool Dreams Senior this year. Under the leadership of Yara Rossi, 25 years old, athletes from across the country will meet in a few weeks to discuss a new project.
A wind of renewal began to blow in Switzerland after the dissolution of the Cool Dreams Senior this year. Under the leadership of Yara Rossi, 25 years old, athletes from across the country will meet in a few weeks to discuss how to start.
The special situation of Switzerland
Nestling between France, Germany, Austria or Italy… Switzerland is trying to put together skaters in order to build a new senior team. «In the past years, there have been several attempts in creating a national team in Switzerland. They were either launched from Swiss Ice Skating or coaches themselves. Due to different reasons they never worked out», says Yara Rossi, a young synchro skater from Zürich city.
Why? «Old rivalries and disagreements about training locations can be a part of the problem», notes Yara who moved to Bern two years ago to skate with the Cool Dreams Senior. The team has disappeared since last summer. «Cool Dreams, the last Swiss senior Team had to break apart again due to a lack of skaters. This is just insanely sad and frustrating! That’s the reason why I started this project!»
One last time... Today we had our last ever practice together and skated all programs from the last four seasons. We are terribly sad to announce that our senior team is splitting up and won't exist for the upcoming season. A big thank you to all our friends and families who supported us during the last four years! It was an honor to have you as our fans at every show and competition! Also a big thank you to all our coaches and staff for their great work with us! 🤝Although the journey ends here for most of us, we will never forget the amazing experiences and the great times we had since we put together a senior team in 2013! ♥️ #synchro #synchronizedskating
A new start
Cool Dreams was the only senior team in Switzerland. It means that this season there will be no Swiss team in the senior division. «The teams in the Senior Elite category is dwindling low which makes it almost impossible to create a senior team. For a country as Switzerland I believe the number of teams needs to resemble a pyramid; to achieve one senior team, we need at least 2 Junior teams and at least 4 Novice teams», Yara says.
At the moment, the largest category in Switzerland is Mixed Age which is a division open to skaters of all ages. For Yara, the country needs again an Elite team: «I would want this project to be a combined effort of all the teams of Switzerland. I really hope my wish comes true».
First step: a national meeting with skaters
The project is in its early stages. The first step will be to organize a national meeting. «I want the skaters from all over Switzerland to sit down together and discuss how we could make this happen», says Yara who wants first to speak with the synchro skaters. The gold is to create a new team without a previous identity. «I want that everyone feels welcome and that we can discuss the training situation together.»
For the moment, Yara can’t give more information about the possible future Swiss team. «When dealing with skaters from all over the country, it is just not possible to only train at one place. The effort of getting to that place will always be huge for just one part of the team. For this reason, I am assuming, that we will find a solution so that everyone will be able to include the training sessions into their daily lives. So the questions of training location, training amount, coaches and staff will be discussed together with all the interested skaters. » One thing is certain: the language barriers should not be a problem. In Switzerland, four different languages are spoken.
How to go further?
The synchro world is already looking forward to this new project.