Four countries on the French Cup podium


Hayden Select in their free skate. (Credits: Jyri Jäppinen - 2023)

Canada, the United States, Finland and France were awarded a medal this weekend at the French Cup. Here is what happened!

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Elite 12
After very tight scores after the first day, the Elite 12 free program competition promised to be exciting and it was! 

Hayden Select (USA), who was in the lead, was finally dethroned by the Finnish Lumineers. Both teams delivered a fabulous program. In their free program "Movement", the Espoo team literally charmed the audience and the panel getting enough points to finish with the gold. 

Third after the short, the Crystallettes (USA) kept their rank after the free. Their program was a real show on ice! Les Chrysalides from France finished 4th. 

Junior & Senior ISU
Nova (CAN) is the winner in the junior category! The team clearly dominated the competition on Saturday night, obtaining 117.12 points and 181.25 overall.

Fond du Lac Blades (USA) took 2nd place with a powerful and energetic free program, just ahead of Ice Steps from Finland, who made the crowd dance. The evening was a bit more complicated for DC Edge. The US team, which was aiming for gold after the short, finally finished 4th.

Several outstanding performances highlighted the junior event, which counted 11 teams. 

French Cup - Day 1
Check out Friday's recap!
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In Seniors, Teams Elite, representing the United States, once again proved to be the strongest in Rouen. With 201.18 points, the Chicago team skated with confidence, finishing in 1st place.

Nova Senior from Quebec (CAN) just missed out on the gold. Marie-France Sirois' skaters finished 2nd, less than 2 points from the top. 

The 3rd place did not move after the second day. Les Zoulous from Lyon, France won bronze, ahead of the two Dutch teams and the local team Jeanne d'Arc who finished 5th.

Some programs have left their mark on Saturday night:

- FireBlades Junior (FIN) for their soft and very touching free program "Mielen lasitalo", which means "Put it in my mind".

- Ice Ignite from Ilderton, Ontario (CAN). The costumes of this junior team were, in fact, volatile shirts! A very creative outfit! 

- Les Flammes de Wasquehal (FRA) and their boundless energy during the free program.

- Hayden Select for their very elegant costumes and especially of different colours.

- Nova Senior for their free program, skated with softness and lightness to the music "Je Te Laisserai Des Mots" of Patrick Watson.

Results - TOP 3

French Cup 2023
Rouen (FRA)
FEB 03, 2023 - FEB 04, 2023

Novice A
TEAM Score
1Starlights (FIN)94.24
2Ice Fantasy (FIN)80.80
3CrystalBlades (FIN)79.78

Elite 12
TEAM Score
1Lumineers (FIN)190.32
2Hayden Select (USA)187.16
3Crystallettes (USA)183.76

TEAM Score
1Nova (CAN)181.25
2Fond du Lac Blades (USA)173.62
3Ice Steps (FIN)169.48

TEAM Score
1Teams Elite (USA)201.18
2Nova (CAN)199.27
3Zoulous (FRA)170.81