Paradise and Sunrise-1 won the 3rd stage of the Russian Cup
Paradise and Sunrise-1, Senior and Junior winners, after the competitions. (Credits: Paradise - 2021)
The last two weeks turned out to be super eventful for the Russian synchronized skating world. After the 2nd stage of the Russian Cup at the end of November, teams met again at the 3rd one last weekend. Five high-level senior teams competed in Togliatti, which made the competition really absorbing.
The Saint-Petersburg team Paradise won the competitions in the Senior category. The three-time World champions performed two outstanding performances, going ahead of the second place by 15 points. A fiery short program to the Gipsy Kings' song “Bamboléo” and a majestic free skating to the music from the opera “Samson and Dalila” gave 234.40 points to the team. It was a stunning victory.
It was dynamic skating at incredibly high speed with interesting choreographic ideas. Performing the free program to "Catwoman", the skaters from Tatarstan charmed the judges and the spectators.
After the first day, the team came second, performed a beautiful program to Anthony Hopkin's waltz. The next day, the athletes presented an extremely energetic free program to the mix of very famous songs of the music band "Queen".
They skated well; however, mistakes on the pairs element and the lack of one of the group lifts didn't allow the team to keep the silver. They earned 198,63 in total and took third place.
Zhemchuzhina and Team Orlenok completed the podium.
The next day, Sunrise-1 was able to keep the first place. The team presented their new free program to the music from the famous serial "The Queen's Gambit", full of spectacular elements and movements like group lifts or volts, and got 206.24 in total.
Performing a joyful free program to "Spanish Capriccio", the team did a better performance. However, the skaters couldn’t catch up with the rivals from Saint Petersburg.
Despite two falls in the free program's pivoting block, the team performed very well and gathered 174,38 in total.
Nine teams competed in the junior competition, and all exceeded the 112 point mark.
Results - TOP 3
Third stage of the Russian Cup 2021
DEC 03, 2021 - DEC 05, 2021
|1||Team Paradise (RUS)||234.30|
|2||Team Tatarstan (RUS)||219.34|
|1||Sunrise 1 (RUS)||206.24|
|1||Sunrise 2 (RUS)||87.59|
|3||Sunrise 3 (RUS)||80.72|