A victory that means a lot
Team Butterfl'Ice won the Mixed Age competition with a score of 61.66.
They recently received the award "Team of the Year" of their city and a few days ago won the AmadéCup in Salzburg, Austria. Team Butterfl'Ice, from Germany, is one of the most successful Mixed Age teams in Europe.
"We are very happy! Not only because we won (of course we're very proud of that) but mainly because this competition meant so much more to us," started Team Butterfl'Ice. The team trains in Neuss in the west of Germany.
Not being able to compete for almost two years has also made the team extremely nervous for this first event. "We were afraid, that we lost our confidence and ability to showcase our skills when it matters. To know that this isn't the case gives us so much motivation and confidence for the next competitions."
"It could change every week and that made it so much harder. We could never 'rest' and had to constantly and very quickly adapt and come up with new solutions to train somehow. That was mentally very exhausting and often took the fun out of the training, so it seemed more like a chore. But we made it through because all of us wanted so bad to make it work somehow!" continue Team Butterfl'Ice, who as a team look out for each other and want nobody left behind.
Recruiting new team members was even more difficult during the pandemic. Indeed, skating - and even more synchronized skating - is not very popular in Germany.
On the Kiss & Cry, Team Butterfl'Ice The skaters hugged each other and shouted for joy. "There was so much relief in everybody's eyes. We had some small mistakes in our program, but at this moment, that didn't matter at all. Because we knew that we made it."