Leon Lurje Trophy 2020: The Personal Best Scores Edition!


After presenting its short program at the Finlandia Trophy in October, it was the first time that Team Paradise skated its new free program to the music of Ravel’s Bolero in front of the international audience. (Credits: Sebastien Muller - 2020)

On Saturday, Seniors and Juniors performed their free skating programs in Gothenburg, Sweden. Team Paradise and Team Sunrise 1 from Russia won the categories. Advanced Novices’ competition began and Team Sunrise 2 from Russia leads clearly. Leon Lurje Trophy 2020 was also the opportunity for many teams to set a new personal record!

A tight competition in Seniors
In Seniors, Team Paradise from Russia kept their lead. They won the free skating with 150.32 points and gathered 231.85 points in total.

The free skating competition was tight between the three teams. Team Unique from Finland was third in free skating with 147.58. In total, they got 227.61 points which was enough for the second place.

Crystal Ice Senior from Russia was 4th after short programs, but the skaters managed to get to the third place with 223.44 points. They received 149.09 points for their free skating program to "Bollywood" which was the second-best of the day.
Reaction of the Team Paradise's coach after the victory!

Lumineers from Finland got 207.46 in total and was placed 4th followed really closely by two Canadian teams. Nova Senior who gathered 207.31 points in total after clear and stunning free skating. Nexxice was third after short programs but the free skating performance was weaker and they fell in two elements. They were placed 6th with 206.12 points.

The teams from the United States, Miami University (186.98) and Crystallettes (180.77) kept their positions. Hot Shivers from Italy was placed 9th with 158.15 points. Team Berlin from Germany got 149.71 in total, after an energetic program to "Aquaman".

Team Passion from Hungary and Ice Storms from Australia completed the Senior rankings.

The Leon Lurje Trophy 2020 allowed several teams, such as Team Paradise, Team Unique, Crystal Ice and Lumineers to achieve their best score of the season!

Ice Storms Senior from Australia entertained the audience. (Credits: Sebastien Muller - 2020)

Russian teams, unbeatable in Juniors
In Juniors’ category Team Sunrise 1 from Russia won the free skating with 129.89 points. Second after the short programs, the Russian took first place in the final event and was the only junior team to surpass the 200-point mark (202.46 points).

Crystal Ice Junior from Russia failed their pivoting block which cost them lots of points. They earned 122.23 for their free program which was placed third. With a total score of 196.81, they kept second place.

Team Fintastic from Finland had the second-best free skating program (127.16). They had one fall in no hold element, but otherwise, the program was clear. They were placed third with a total score of 193.35.

With 15 participating teams, the Junior division was an exciting event to follow!

Nova Junior (CAN) in its free program. (Credits: Sébastien Muller - 2020)

First competition day for the Novices
Advanced Novice teams skate twice during the weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. Teams receive only half of their program score for each performance and their total score will be the average of the two separate program scores.

Team Sunrise 2 from Russia took a huge lead after earning 49.53 (99.05) points. Their performance was overpowering. They even had an angled intersection which is rarely seen in the Advanced Novice category.

Crystal Blades from Finland are in second place with 36.37 (72.74) points. They were the first team to skate, and apparently did not know the segment score was only half of their program score, as they were a bit upset. The scoring system was explained to the audience and skaters later.

Blue Arrows from Finland is currently in third place after earning 34.34 (68.68) points for a clear program. Competition continues on Sunday and will be exciting as Team Limelight from Sweden is less than a point away from the podium.

Results - TOP 3

Leon Lurje Trophy 2020
Göteborg (SWE)
JAN 24, 2020 - JAN 26, 2020

TEAM Score
1Sunrise 1 (RUS)202.46
2Crystal Ice (RUS)196.81
3Team Fintastic (FIN)193.35

TEAM Score
1Team Paradise (RUS)231.85
2Team Unique (FIN)227.61
3Crystal Ice (RUS)223.44

Novice A
TEAM Score
1Sunrise 2 (RUS)102.75
2CrystalBlades (FIN)76.49
3Blue Arrows (FIN)72.01