Virtual synchro skating events: will we have to get used to them?
The junior team Lexettes presented their new programs. (Credits: Hayden Synchro - 2020)
The first virtual synchronized skating competition took place on Sunday. This is a solution which does not replace in-person competitions, but which helps maintain the motivation of the athletes. [EDITO]
The 2020 Porter Classic Pandemonium was held virtually and broadcasted on Vimeo following a "competition schedule" with breaks and starting orders. As a result, spectators were transported to many rinks in the United States, Australia, and a range of locations around Europe. In total, 90 synchro teams from nine countries competed.
Of course, some fans may have sometimes regretted not being able to see a view of the whole team (with skaters sometimes scattering across the ice), or lacking the light to see the exact colour of the costumes worn by the team. But, despite some inevitable connection problems, all went smoothly, and it felt so good to discover new programs!
However, the number of spectators sometimes came close to the 1,400 people connected at the same time to watch the event. That means that many of us want to see synchronized skating again, to see our passion shine on the ice, as we could do so easily before the virus.
This proves to us once again that our sport must continue to be promoted, presented to the world and shown through quality videos that make us dream in this extraordinary period. That is what we're trying to do at Jura Synchro. And we will also have some surprises for you from the start of 2021.
Other virtual events are gradually being set up in the coming months. Let's take every opportunity and spend this difficult time together, in a tight-knit way and share the passion we have for our sport!
We will come out of this pandemic stronger!
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