"Giving up is not an option"
The presenters were Jörn Lucas (international judge for ice dance, roller skating and synchronized skating), Lydia Paul (trainer and former synchro skater) as well as the professional sports TV host Petra Bindl. (Credits: Jan Rieger - 2021)
The virtual event "Together Once", put on by the Cup of Dresden's organizers, was broadcast last weekend. A moment of sharing and connection between more than 100 synchro teams around the world.
Since December 2020, several virtual events have emerged worldwide, such as the Porter Classic in the USA, the Christmas Event in Poland or recently the Nacka Synchro Skate in Sweden. "These organizers have done an impressive job of giving the teams a motivating perspective and the opportunity to show their programs on a rating basis during this difficult season," said Suse Schöne of the organizing committee.
In addition, not all teams and nations were able to participate in virtual competitions. In Germany, Great Britain and France, among others, training has been stopped to such an extent that the teams cannot achieve a respectable form for a competition."
The result was an eight-hour event that was broadcasted worldwide (live)streamed the past weekend, on Saturday, March 20. All present moderators, technicians and supporters were tested negative for the coronavirus before the event.
The "Together Once" highlights
The contribution by the Italian teams of the Olimpia Club Como was particularly memorable. "They shared the world about how they achieved a very tough lockdown in Italy with a lot of fun and how they felt when they were finally back on the ice."
The video from the Skating Graces family from Chemnitz was also impressive. "With a drone flight through their empty ice rink, they managed to capture surreal images of deserted corridors and dressing rooms that we all hope the athletes there will soon be able to put on their skates again."
"It touched our hearts when we saw that the Mixed Age girls from the brand new Synchro Caerdydd synchro club from Cardiff / Whales were doing their best while training outdoors on a sunset beach, and the Swedish Advanced Novice Team Harmony came up with a similar solution with ice exercises on the frozen lakes of Kungälv. Because it shows how close all teams are when it comes to fighting and doing their best in these difficult times, regardless of the nation and skating level."
And of course, Les Suprêmes from Canada won first prize for the most innovative techniques in synchronized skating in times of Covid 19 to use fly swatters for their holding elements, added Suse Schöne.
However, the video contributions also made it clear how different the training conditions have been since the beginning of the pandemic. "While some teams rightly proudly presented their new programs, others have not yet been able to set foot on the ice this season."
As the name suggests, "Together Once" was developed as a one-time event. For the year 2022, the organizers are planning and hoping for a face-to-face competition for the 3rd Cup of Dresden and are looking forward to welcoming some of these teams again in Germany.