A new program for Team Paradise who finally begins its season
The winners with their coaches (Credits: Team Paradise - 2020)
All the synchro-lovers in Russia became the happiest skaters, coaches, judges, and supporters from October 31 to November 1, 2020. Indeed, overcome all the obstacles, the 1st Stage of the Russian Cup took place in Togliatti. Traditionally, this competition was held in Moscow. However, the bad epidemiological situation in the city couldn't allow competitions to take place. Fortunately, Tolyatti still managed to host events, and they were between three age-categories: Advanced Novices, Juniors, and Seniors.
Remind that this year the ISU allowed teams to keep programs from the previous season. However, most teams took the challenge and performed or will perform soon with at least one new program.
After the free program, the situation didn’t change, and Team Paradise won the competition with a huge margin (121.96 points). For this season, the coaches of the team – Irina and Alexandr Yakovlevs and Elena Chernova – chose the famous “Swan Lake” by P. Tchaikovsky for the free program. The girls presented it professionally. High speed, aesthetic body positions, and wonderful choreography encouraged the judges to give them excellent scores. For the free program, the team received 149.70 points, beating the opponents Orlenok from Perm by 82.21 points.
The 2nd place (with 60.08 points) was for the team Zhemchuzhina from Togliatti. They also presented the new short program to the music “The one” by P. Jennison. They chose a tender image that perfectly emphasized the flying blue dresses.
The team Symphonia from Krasnodar finished in 3rd place, getting 38.09 points.
All the teams nicely performed their free programs and avoided serious mistakes. The rankings remained the same: the 1st place was for the team Sunrise-1 (195.11 points), the 2nd – for Zhemchuzhina (172.35 points), and the 3rd one was for the team Symphonia (112.42 points).
Sunrise-2 skated to the song “Under pressure” by P!nk & Happy Feet Two Chorus. They performed energetic skating, and even offensive mistakes didn’t spoil the impression. The team got 90.65 points.
One more Petersburg team Sunrise-3 that was created only in the last season took 2nd place, with 85.52 points.
The team Ldinka from Kazan earned 70.02 points and finished 3rd.
What about the audience?
On the contrary, thanks to that situation, the world of synchronized skating, which was previously characterized by unity, has rallied even more. During the 1st stage of the Russian Cup, this became especially noticeable. Unfortunately, the audience was banned from entering the ice rink, and fans could only support their favorites at the online broadcast screens.
Nevertheless, skaters were not left without support! Teams from younger or vice versa older categories, coaches, and even opponents - all went up to the stands to support the performing athletes.
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Results - TOP 3
First stage of the Russian Cup 2020
OCT 31, 2020 - NOV 01, 2020
|1||Team Paradise (RUS)||231.34|
|2||Team Orlenok (RUS)||109.38|
|1||Sunrise 1 (RUS)||195.11|
|3||Team Symphony (RUS)||112.42|
|1||Sunrise 2 (RUS)||90.65|
|2||Sunrise 3 (RUS)||85.52|
|3||Team Ldinka (RUS)||70.02|