French Cup 2020: The free programs gave the goosebumps!
After four consecutive victories of Team Paradise in France, Helsinki Rockettes from Finland earned the gold. (Credits: Kirsi Kaine Photography)
The Ile Lacroix ice rink was full, fans were singing and dancing to cheer on their favourite teams... The 26th edition of the French Cup ended on Saturday evening in Rouen, in the north of France. Recap of this second day of competition.
Team Junost (RUS) maintained its leading position with an intense long program skated in sulfurous red dresses. Despite a fall in a transition, this very high-flying performance brought them a score of 136.22 points for a total of 205.21 points.
The team Dream Edges made a strong impression with their program called "Stonehenge" rich in expression and their creative composition. However, two falls occurred during the intersection but they still obtain a combined total of 191.02 points and won the Challenger Series' silver title.
Their compatriot team Musketeers, all dressed in green, skated with power their program "Metamorphosis" which included a fall. The little sisters of Marigold IceUnity totaled 186.55 points in Rouen and finished with the bronze.
Indeed, the Skyliners (USA) pulled up to 4th place thanks to an explosive program on the theme of "Moulin Rouge". They even finished third in the free program competition and got a total score of 120.35 points (total: 183.00). Two deduction points were applied for a fall and an "interruption in excess".
Not far from them, the Teams Elite (USA) moved up two spots. Skating to the song “Sounds of Silence”, the team shared emotions with the spectators. The team delivered a solid performance and scored 179.41.
The Canadian teams finally placed 6th and 7th. Nexxice totaled 177.07 points and grabbed a narrow lead over Les Suprêmes, who had two falls in their "Matrix" free program. Only 0.63 points separate these two teams representing Ontario and Quebec.
The local Jeanne d’Arc team skated a confident and energetic performance that created a great atmosphere in the arena (85.96, total: 126.92). The team from Rouen is closely followed by the Chrysalides (FRA) who, despite a fall, performed their "Mirror" free program and achieved their season's best score with a total of 104.89. Therefore, they skated to a narrow lead over the vice-champion of France team Zazous from Lyon, who finished 12 points behind.
The British Icicles obtained a total of 91.83 points. The Italian team Shining Blades arrived in 13th in the competition with 87.23 points, and finally, the Illuminettes (NED) ranked 14th with 68.64 points.
The Helsinki Rockettes (FIN) were ranked second in the Short Program but held on to first place after the Free Skate with a total of 227.48 points. Their clean and powerful program to the "Wounded Angel" program literally delighted the spectators.
The famous Canadian team Les Suprêmes Seniors claimed the bronze with an explosive performance after their touching program to the theme of the "climate alert". Their two performances offered them a total of 219.39 points.
The French Zoulous were one of the most cheered teams of the evening. Skating to a very catchy Parisian theme, the team had two falls but still obtained 150.54 points in total.
The United Angels (GER) made a good impression and obtained 115.77 points, finishing ahead of the Spanish Team Fusion (101.04 points).
Finally, the skaters of Icicles (GRB) moved up one spot thanks to a very dynamic program (69.83, total: 100.25). The Australians Nova totaled 62.41 points (total: 95.71)
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|