57 synchro teams should have travelled to the Czech Republic to compete this weekend
Team Gemini from Jihlava, CZE. (Credits: Jihlavský ježek - 2019)
Organized since 1994, the Jihlavský ježek international synchronized skating competition should have been held this weekend in the Czech Republic. Around sixty teams from 9 different countries were registered.
What does Jihlavský ježek mean?
"Ježek means "hedgehog", this animal is a symbol of our city. Its spikes are symbolized by the very developed textile industry in Jihlava, which means needles," explained Linda Haferníková of the Organizing Committee.
"We would have been in full capacity"
Skaters from all novice categories as Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Basic Novice and Advanced Novice, but also Junior ISU and Senior ISU (the Czech Nationals would have been organized simultaneously), and Mixed Age, Adult and Masters teams. "We would have been in full capacity", noted Linda Haferníková.
"It's always a great organizing success for our club"
"We usually use both ice rinks for official practices. The main arena (for 6000 spectators) serves for the competition itself. The tradition of this event always attracts lots of people who support all the teams. People enjoy many refreshment stalls, sale of figure skating accessories and textiles, as well. So, we are very glad of crowded tribunes and so many teams from different countries on ice. We have been monitored by Czech Kids TV Channel (CT Decko). The whole competition is reflected by the regional press. It's always a great organizing success for our club management, former famous only for ice hockey, but today supporting synchronized skating very much!", added the Organizing Committee.
The city of Jihlava
Jihlava is the capital city of the region „Vysocina“ (Highlands), located on the highway between Prague and Brno. The population is about 55 000 inhabitants.
How is synchronized skating developing in the Czech Republic?
Synchronized skating developed in Jihlava when the head coach Vera Paulusova came back from her 3years stay in Finland, where she coached and saw some synchronized skating events in Helsinki. "After her return to Jihlava, she started to create the first team with 27 girls!"
Anyway, book this date already!