Spanish teams return to competition ice at the 2021 National Championships
Team Fusion performs their Flamenco free skate (Credits: Pedro Seguí - 2021)
The 2021 Spanish National Championships took place this past weekend in Jaca, a city in northeastern Spain. The competition featured performances from three synchro teams: Team Fusion (Senior), Team Mirum (Junior), and Team Shooting Stars (Mixed Age).
The exciting event welcomed skaters across all disciplines, including singles, dance, pairs, and synchronized skating. However, the competition was especially meaningful for synchro teams, as they were not able to compete in the National Championships last year due to Covid restrictions.
It was also the first competition since the pandemic started that took place outside of Madrid, where all three participating teams train.
Day 1 of competition / Short programs
In the Senior division, Team Fusion scored 30.42 points with their emotional short program to the song ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith. “The song talks about how time flies and the melancholy of the past, so we try to portray all the pain and happiness that comes with it” said Team Fusion.
In the Junior division, Team Mirum skated a powerful Warrior-themed program. They scored 22.90 points.
Day 2 of competition / Free Skates
Team Fusion (Senior) skated a stronger program than the night before. The team said, “after the short program, we were happy but knew we could have done much better. However, after the free skate, we know we still have a lot to work on, but we felt much happier than the night before, more confident, and more united”. Their Flamenco program achieved a personal best score of 84.25, for a total score of 114.67.
Team Shooting Stars (Mixed Age) skated to a lyrical music and showed improvements from last season, scoring 26.44 points.
“It was just what we needed”
Competing at the National Championships was also a very motivating experience that will help teams going forward in the season. “It was just what we needed. It’s been some very difficult seasons with Covid and cancelled competitions. This was our first competition in which we’ve travelled as a team so it has united us and made us feel the excitement of improving” said Team Fusion.