Two important national synchronized skating championships take place this weekend. Portland (USA) and Oshawa (CAN) are set to welcome the best synchronized skating teams.
2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships
«The event will host over 800 skaters and coaches on 40 teams competing for national titles in the senior, junior, open, intermediate and novice categories. The top two senior teams will earn the chance to represent Canada at the 2018 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden, from April 6-7, 2018», wrote Skate Canada in a press release.
Remember last year in Calgary, NEXXICE Senior won the competition with 205.60 points. Les Suprêmes placed as Team Canada 2 with a total of 190.64 points. The situation was reversed in 2016 because Les Suprêmes had won in Waterloo. This year once again, the competition will be tough. In the junior division, Les Suprêmes and NEXXICE already punched their ticket to the ISU World Junior Championship last month.
The competitions will take place from February 23-25 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa. According to the organization committee, the competition will be streamed live in English and in French. “The City of Oshawa and the Durham Region are ready to welcome the skating family and host another memorable championships,” said Debra Armstrong, the CEO of Skate Canada.
2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
This year, the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships are coming to Portland. The event will bring more than 1,600 figure skaters on February 22-24 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This will be the first time that Portland has hosted the event.
Last year in Rockford, Illinois, the Haydenettes added another gold medal to their impressive repertoire (208.83 ). The Crystallettes were Team USA 2 and also qualified for the Worlds with a total of 189.50 points.
In the Junior division, Skyliners from New York gave an inspiring performance and won the competition with an overall score of 174.67 points. The Lexettes placed second with 164.82.
“We are honored that U.S. Figure Skating has entrusted Portland to host this prestigious event,” said Bill Cloran, president of the Oregon Skating Council and co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee to the Oregon Sports Authority. “The amazing athleticism and artistry displayed by synchronized skating teams is truly an awesome sight to witness in person.”
Two official hashtags have been released for the event: #SynchroChamps18 #CheersAndTears
Stay tuned on Jura Synchro to live these two competitions!