Russian Nationals: Paradise and Crystal Ice Junior lead after short programs
The team Paradise during their short program (Credits: Olga Timohova - 2021)
On January 27, the Russian Nationals 2021 began in Saransk. The first competition day is always vibrant and spectacular. This year, two new teams compete for the first time, the junior Yamal and the senior Yenisei, and the junior team Aquamarine from Omsk entered the top 5.
The team Sunrise-1 from St. Petersburg entered the ice first. The athletes performed to musical compositions from "The Losers"; however, the program's idea was different from the film's plot. The girls appeared in the image of dolls from a forgotten box, which was still opened years later. Sunrise-1 skated confidently and cleanly. Perfectly synchronized twizzles with a difficult leg position, equal distance between the athletes, precise forms of the elements – these are just some of the highlights of the successful performance of Sunrise-1. The team scored 72, 89 points, immediately setting a high bar for these competitions.
The team Crystal Ice Junior from Moscow, silver medalists of the World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships 2019 and bronze in 2020, boldly took to the ice. The clarity and sharpness of movements and full emotional involvement helped the team get high scores for the technical part of the program and the components. Crystal Ice Junior confidently took the lead (75.20).
The team Crystal Ice Senior from Moscow, bronze medalists of the Russian Nationals 2019-2020, completed the competitions' first day, surprising the fans. The clean performing of their "Alpha and Omega" allowed the athletes to take the second place after the short program (76.13), almost 10 points ahead of Tatarstan.
This breakthrough may open the way for Crystal Ice Senior to the Worlds, which is for the moment still scheduled to take place on April 8-10, 2021 in Zagreb, Croatia. Recall that it is the Russian Nationals that determines the two strongest teams to defend the country's honour.
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Results - TOP 3
Russian National Championships 2021
JAN 27, 2021 - JAN 28, 2021
|2||Crystal Ice (RUS)||210.18|
|3||Sunrise 1 (RUS)||209.02|
|1||Team Paradise (RUS)||238.26|
|2||Crystal Ice (RUS)||221.66|
|3||Team Tatarstan (RUS)||212.27|