Lumière Cup 2019: Finland tops Junior and Senior Short Program


Skating their "Scorpion Attack" creative short program, Musketeers skated to a narrow lead over Les Suprêmes Junior and Valley Bay Synchro. (Credits: Kirsi Laine Photography - 2019)

Finnish teams cruised to their first gold medal in European international competition this season. After the Short Program competition, Marigold IceUnity totaled 74.94 points to seal the Senior victory. Musketeers skated into the lead in the Junior event with 69.98 points. Canada, Germany and France are also on the provisional podium.

Junior: "Scorpions" attacked
The weekend starts well for the Musketeers. Representing Finland, the team coached by Anu Oksanen (head coach of Marigold IceUnity) delivered a powerful program on Friday and won the provisional competition with 69.98 points.

As the only team coming from North America, Les Suprêmes Junior scored 67.02 and finished second. The Quebec team skated for the first time internationally their new short program... A girly and very positive one!

The good surprise came from Valley Bay Synchro (FIN). Fourth at the second qualifications last weekend in Finland, the team skated an emotional and creative short program called "The Wounded Angel", earning a total of 66.66.

The Junior team Valley Bay Synchro skating "The Wounded Angel". (Credits: Ville Vairinen Photography - 2019)

Also representing Finland, Dream Edges finished fourth in the short program competition. The team, that missed the second qualifications last weekend, opened the competition and got 59.98.

Zhemchuzhina from Togliatti (RUS) ranked fifth after a classic short program that brought them 52.75 points. Team Spirit from Sweden placed sixth but is really not far behind (52.71). 

Team Ice Fire from Poland finished 7th with 40.72 points, just in front of the French team Zazous (39.40) that is provisionally 8th. 

Between 9th and 12th place, scores are very tight in the Junior competition: Starlight (SUI) got 30.28, Chrysalides (FRA) earned 29.87, Team Icicles came 11th with 29.78 and Solway Stars (GBR) won 29.47. Team Illuminettes completed the rankings.

Marigold IceUnity in good shape!
In the Senior division, ten teams are competing this weekend in the Netherlands.

Logically, Marigold IceUnity, Vice-World Champions 2019, finished first in the competition with a score of 74.95 points. Skating to their creative "Escape Room" short program, the team collected many levels four in the elements and won the event with a huge lead.

Skating Graces from Chemnitz performed their short program to “In the end” by Linkin Park and earned 44.08 points. The German team arrived in second position. 

With a total score of 40.87, the French team Les Zoulous claimed the bronze medal after the short program.

This time, due to a great short program, Marigold IceUnity (FIN) found the key to go out of their "Escape Room" program. (Credits: Kirsi Laine Photography - 2019)

Dressed in all-black costumes, Team Starlight (SUI) won 37.44 points for their short program. They presented a jazzy program but had some difficulties with the intersection element and later with the pivoting block. 

Coached by Esther Morris and Lauren Kelly, Team Icicles Senior (GBR) performed a powerful short program and got 35.15 points. 

Team Illumination skated at home earned a total of 33.12 points for its short program. The team got some levels 3 but lost some points in the pivot block element.

Team Phoenix (BEL) placed 7th with 32.64 points. The team is followed by United Angels (GER) that skated to the song "Everybody wants to rule the world" for their short program. With three unfortunate falls in the intersection, they totaled 31.97 points for their performance. Team Ice United (NED) and Magenta (GBR) took respectively the 9th and 10th place.

Lumière Cup 2019 will continue on Saturday with the Advanced Novice, Junior and Senior Free Programs.

Results - TOP 3

Lumière Cup 2019
Eindhoven (NED)
DEC 13, 2019 - DEC 15, 2019

Novice A
TEAM Score
1Cool Dreams (SUI)62.36
2Team Berlin Novice (GER)59.74
3Starlight (SUI)51.97

TEAM Score
1Musketeers (FIN)189.32
2Valley Bay Synchro (FIN)184.04
3Les Suprêmes (CAN)181.74

TEAM Score
1Marigold IceUnity (FIN)215.25
2Zoulous (FRA)135.65
3Skating Graces (GER)133.02