During the Covid-19 outbreak, many coaches and skaters had to deal with the fact that they wouldn’t be on the ice for a very long time. Olivier Chapuis, head coach from the synchronized skating teams in Compiegne, France, hasn’t stepped on the ice for over 10 months! Why? In September 2019, he started a trip around the world with his wife and son. He had to come back home early because of the coronavirus.
After the announcement of the Challenger Series cancellation, Philippe Maitrot, Chair of the ISU Synchronized Skating Technical Committee, answered our questions and expressed his views on the upcoming season.
While some skaters are still waiting to start their season, some nations have allowed synchronized skating teams to practise again. Today we take you to South Korea where Team Ice Tigers is now practising on the ice.
At the age of 24, the synchronized skater Jordan Alexander retired from skating after 19 seasons of synchronized skating and 12 years representing Team USA. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, the athlete who has been living in the greater New York City area for three years, plans to stay highly involved in the sport.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has released several communications for next season to help synchro teams in these difficult times of pandemic. Uliana Chirkova is a member of the Synchronized Skating Technical Committee and she's also an ISU Technical Specialist in synchro. Living in Russia, this member of the National Judges Commission and Coaches Council explains to us the main changes and the next challenges for the ISU.
Member of the Synchronized Skating Technical Committee, Uliana Chirkova from Russia is at home, like many others these days. Jura Synchro took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about the coming season.
Like every spring, new athletes are entering the sport, and familiar faces in synchronized skating are finishing their careers. Captain of the team Marigold IceUnity (2018 World Champions) for several years, Camilla Sundgren looks back on her career.
One of the Canadian synchro coaches, Marilyn Langlois talked to Jura Synchro. Music, Covid-19, tryouts or the collaboration with the team Nova Senior... these are some of the themes discussed with the coach of Les Suprêmes Senior and Junior. Discover her BIG INTERVIEW in French and with the English subtitles.
Saga Krantz details the current situation in the USA. The head coach of the Haydenettes - the U.S. National Champions - says that the coronavirus quarantine has made things challenging but she's found ways to stay positive.
Today was the big day. The Senior World Championships should have started in Lake Placid (USA). For the occasion, we are offering you today a great interview with Kaisa Arrateig, the coach of the Helsinki Rockettes in Finland.
Strict confinement is not in place everywhere. A synchro skater from Essex, England, has found a great alternative to continue training while ice rinks are actually closed in many countries: roller skating. Evangeline Perry shares her experience with us.