French Cup 2020 starts Friday!
Sandrine Devaux is the president of the French Cup organizing committee. (Credits: SynchroPhoto.eu & S.J. Photos - 2020)
The Rouen citizens, but also synchro fans around the world are counting the days. The French Cup 2020 will take place this weekend in the north of France. Here is everything you need to know to prepare for this high-level competition which will be held in a partly renovated ice rink.
Sandrine Devaux, President of the French Cup: Yes, of course, this week we are checking everything with the volunteers and taking stock of the organization. Between 100 and 150 people will be volunteering this weekend for the event to take place. We prepare this competition all year round, but since September it has been more intensive.
The French Cup will be, for the first time, a stage of the Synchronized Skating Challenger Series. What does it change for you?
We take this nomination as a real recognition from the ISU (International Skating Union). As this is the first year, it was a real challenge for us, at the administrative level in particular because it requires another organization. The public will not notice any major differences, however, for the teams, there will be a real competition challenge.
In the team entries with the new rules, it changes the game…
Yes, federations can only send a maximum of two teams per category. These new criteria have certainly limited access to competition for certain athletes, but the host country is entitled to more places. So for France, there will, therefore, be one Senior team and three Juniors.
The French Cup has always been a very popular competition for the teams and also the fans!
Yes, and for Rouen, it's just huge! The French Cup brings youth and life to the city. It is a real breath of fresh air for the "Rouennais" (people who live in Rouen). And I can tell you that it is a fight for getting tickets, for taking pictures with the teams, etc. It's nice, the merchants in the city can also feel this energy.
The ticket office is open on the official competition website. They can also be collected on site. All information is available online (www.frenchcup.fr).
And for those who could not make the trip?
It will be possible to follow the competition via live streaming which will be produced by the TV channel of the French Federation of Ice Sports.
As president, what do you expect most?
I am very happy to see the Australians coming to Rouen this year. With all that they have experienced in recent weeks, they deserve our full attention and skating has progressed a lot in Australia in recent years. Otherwise, we should not miss the performances of Les Suprêmes (CAN), Skyliners (USA), or even the Marigold IceUnity (FIN)… the big stars who are always eagerly awaited.
Friday, the competition will start with the Novice Advanced category at 3:25 pm, followed by the Junior short programs from 4 pm. Senior teams will skate their short program from 8:30 pm after the Opening Ceremony scheduled at 8 pm.
On Saturday, the first Junior free programs will open the competition at 3:40 pm. The Seniors will skate from 8:30 pm. The two Junior and Senior medal ceremonies will take place after each competition.
Which teams will skate in Rouen? Discover here the presentation of the competition!
Results - TOP 3
French Cup 2020
JAN 31, 2020 - FEB 02, 2020
|3||Ice Dreams (GBR)||43.75|
|2||Dream Edges (FIN)||191.02|
|1||Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)||227.48|
|2||Marigold IceUnity (FIN)||224.08|
|3||Les Suprêmes (CAN)||219.39|