Team Paradise finished 1st after the short

Team Paradise and their short program on a Beyonce's song. /Credits : Kirsi Laine 

French Cup 2017: Thirteen Senior teams skated their free program on Friday evening. The Russian Team Paradise did the best score with a total of 72.68 points. Two teams from Finland complete this provisional podium.

The Senior division took place on Friday evening in Rouen, France. The category included many strong competitors from around the world.

Skating in purple dresses, Team Paradise won the short event with their program on « Listen » by Beyonce. The World Champions 2016 presented a clean and speedy short program and earned 72.68 points.

Team Unique signed a major comeback in France. The team coached by Mirjami Penttinen skated to « Ramalama Bang Bang ». Their very creative program brought them 69.04 points.

With their short program on « Mirror Mirror » theme, Rockettes, from Finland also, placed at the 3rd position, 1.34 points away from their compatriots.

At the 4th place, the only Canadian team engaged in France this season: NEXXICE Senior. The famous team skated a fun short to « Got Your Number » by Serena Ryder. They earned a total of 62.96 points for their short. NEXXICE has to give everything on Saturday to catch up and reach the podium.

Skating first in the Senior event, Crystallettes showed an emotional short program (total: 58.86 points) and Revolutions from Finland skated their dynamic short on the Jungle’s theme. They earned 53.96 points.

At the 7th place, Team Zoulous from France who did 49.20 points. "We're really happy with our program even if we had a fall. We're also glad to realize that our work pays and we're satisfied with our 7th place. This put us in very good conditions for the free program on Saturday and we hope that you'll travel with our long program... ;)" said Magali Leininger & Pauline Coupez, the Zoulous team captains after the short.

Miami University was dressed in black and red to the « Right Amount of Wrong » by Imelda May. With 48.00 points, this is four points less than two weeks ago in Salzburg. Team Boomerang from Sweden finished at the 9th place after the short program (47.12 points) and Jingu Ice Messengers representing Japan got a score of 42.70 points.

After the short program at the French cup 💚 Thank you for your support! @synchrophotography

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With a total of 38.86 points, Cool Dreams improved a little bit its score. At the beginning of January, the Swiss team did a total of 37.61 points. Skating Graces (Germany) earned 33.98 points and Team Ice United from Netherlands, 27.36 points.

The free competitions will start on Saturday at 3 PM (local time) for Juniors and from 7:15 PM to 22:30 PM for Seniors.