NEXXICE and Les Suprêmes to represent Canada at the WSSC 2018
NEXXICE Senior, 2018 Canada Seniors Champions. / Credits: Sean McKinnon
On February 24, 2018, NEXXICE Senior captured their 11th Canadian title, securing their ticket with Les Suprêmes to the 2018 World Synchronized Skating Championships.
The Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa hosted 40 teams from across Canada this past weekend. Seven novice, 13 intermediate, 13 open, four junior and three senior teams vied to reclaim their titles. In addition to sought-after podium positions, international assignments for the 2018/2019 season were also on the line for the junior and senior division.
Les Suprêmes (Saint Leonard, QC) delivered a strong Bollywood short program on Friday night (62.02), and despite a fall, they managed to edge out rivals NEXXICE (Burlington, ON) by 3.09 points. Likewise, Nova (Brossard, QC) held the slightest margin of 0.22 over Gold Ice (Brampton-Chinguacou, ON) after the short, with enough to secure the third position heading into the free.
On Saturday night, the teams skated in reverse order from the short program results. Gold Ice opened the event with a season’s best performance (130.46 total), landing them in bronze medal position. They will join Les Suprêmes and NEXXICE on the national team for the 2018/2019 season.
Despite an energetic Kill Bill-inspired free program, Nova suffered four falls and was unable to close the gap they led with after the short.
In an unusual turn of events, there was an issue identified with the ice following Nova’s skate. For roughly 30 minutes, a group of men came to clean the ice surface along the boards by the judges; many audience members joking that the men looked like “Ghostbusters” with their water packs. Not one, but two ice cuts (or ‘floods’) later, the event resumed and Nova was allowed to reskate their program.
You would have thought the home team was taking the ice at the World Championships, but the crowd was behind Nova, giving them the motivation to redeem themselves and end their season on a high. And they did, finishing with a total score of 125.14.
NEXXICE and Les Suprêmes closed the event with two very different programs: NEXXICE (104.48) cast a spell and Les Suprêmes (104.82) commanded the audience with their chess-inspired program — enough to take the title with 166.84 total.
Yesterday, we ended the Canadian national championships with an amazing free program and a new personal best score🎉🎉 We won the competition and now, we are more than ready to train super hard before leaving for Croatia in only 2 weeks!!!! Congratulations to @nexxicejr @goldicesynchro @nova__junior for their performances this weekend!
All three senior teams delivered clean short programs on Friday evening; a warm up for the real show on Saturday night. NEXXICE earned a season’s best score of 75.86, followed by Les Suprêmes (70.04) and Nova (69.12).
NEXXICE and Les Suprêmes have proven themselves under pressure over the years, and Saturday night was no exception. After the ice debacle in the junior event, the crowd was treated to a number of exceptional performances in the senior free. Les Suprêmes earned a season’s best of 130.16 with their La La Land program, followed by NEXXICE (126.86) and Nova (119.22). Combining the short program scores, NEXXICE captured their 11th title and will be joined by Les Suprêmes at the WSSC in Sweden this coming April.
A moment we will never forget 💙 There is no better feeling than overcoming obstacles and achieving team goals. We are so proud of each other and proud to be Les Suprêmes Senior. Thank you to all our coaches and managers who give us so much love and support, we wouldn’t achieve these moments without you. Now on to our next goals! Next stop Sweden 🇸🇪 for the world championships!