Skaters in good shape applauded by their public in a festive competitive atmosphere
Team Ice on Fire Senior (Credits: Giuseppe Bodrone / jundl PHOTOGRAPHY -2021)
More than 300 synchro skaters competed last weekend in Milan at the First Italian National Competition.
For most of the teams, this was the first competition after a very long time, and everyone participated in the joyful and bright atmosphere of the event. From the youngest athletes from the Juvenile division to the older ones, every skater was so happy to get ready and compete. Except for the masks that everyone had to wear, it looks like things have come back to normality.
"It's impossible to describe the feeling of skating in front of the public after nearly two years! The cheer and the atmosphere gave us an adrenaline rush. We have really missed it!" said Olimpia Team from Como.
"Palasesto is our home rink, and competing here is always a great feeling. We are so happy to see so many people coming and supporting the teams after so much time!" said Team Hot Shivers.
Team Ice Breakers presented a happy "Cirque du Soleil" themed program and won the gold medal with 24.41 points. "We choose this music to let our little athletes immerse themselves in a more light-headed reality and decrease the tension of the first competition," the team said.
In second place, Team Ice Sparkles got 20.20 points and skated a nice and cheerful program on the songs "Tu vò fà l'americano" and "Mambo Italiano" by Sophia Loren.
Team Frost Fairies skated a powerful and strong program, wearing a black dress, and ranked second with 48.71 points.
With a score of 35.41 points, Olimpia Team ranked second. They performed an elegant, strong, but also ethereal program on the songs "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins and "Never give up on your dreams" by Thomas Bergersen. "This was our first competition in this division; we are proud of our performance, but we are eager to work hard and improve even more," they said.
In third place, Team Ice Breakers skated on the song "Iron" by Woodkid. Their intense and powerful performance earned 28.38 points.
Team Ice Diamonds, from Chiavenna, won the gold medal with 29.64 points. They skated on the soundtrack of the movie "Aladdin". "We are very happy about our performance, last year our ice rink opened only for a few months, and we couldn't participate in any competition," they explained.
Olimpia Team from Como performed a very cheerful and nice "Aladdin" themed program with a beautiful light blue and gold dress. They earned 26.68 points and ranked third.
In fourth place, Team Ladybirds performed a Charleston and obtained 24.78 points.
Team Ice Angels ranked fifth with 23.81 points; they skated on the soundtrack of Charlie Chaplin's movie "Modern Times".
Only 0.41 points behind, Team Ice Sparkles presented a program on Madonna's songs and got 23.41 points.
Team Ladybirds, from Milan, performed their program "The Cunning Fox" and ranked second with 61.52 points.
In the short program, they performed an elegant "Vogue" themed program and, although an unfortunate fall at the end, they got 39.22 points. In the free program, they skated a more emotional and dreamy performance on the song "One day I'll fly away" by Nicole Kidman and earned 84.58 points.
Team Shining Blades skated, in the short program, on the "Money Heist" soundtrack and obtained 25.02 points.
In the free skating, they performed on an Aladdin-themed program to the songs "Harvest Dance" by Alan Menken and "Speechless" by Naomi Scott. They earned 55.29 points with an overall score of 80.31 points.
In the morning, they performed a tango on the song "Tanos" by Lino Cannavacciuolo and obtained 58.18 points. They skated a more sweet and emotional program in the afternoon and scored 110.63 points.
Team Ice on Fire presented a romantic short program on the song "It's all coming back to me now" by Céline Dion and obtained 55.88 points. "Our short program tells about the end of a romantic story and the new beginning that it brings," they explained.
They shifted to a more powerful and strong theme in the free skating and performed to the movie "The Mission" soundtrack. They earned 110.44 points and an overall score of 166.32.
Results - TOP 3
1st Gara Nazionale 2021
Sesto San Giovanni (ITA)
NOV 28, 2021 - NOV 28, 2021
|1||Hot Shivers Junior (ITA)||123.80|
|2||Shining Blades (ITA)||80.31|
|1||Hot Shivers Novice (ITA)||72.29|
|1||Ice on Fire (ITA)||40.85|
|2||Olimpia Team (ITA)||35.41|
|3||Ice Breakers (ITA)||28.38|
|1||Hot Shivers Senior (ITA)||168.71|
|2||Ice on Fire (ITA)||166.32|
|1||Olimpia Team 1 (ITA)||57.00|
|2||Frost Fairies (ITA)||48.71|