Team Ladybirds (ITA): "This pandemic will not stop us!"
Safety first... with style! (Credits: Cristina Pastorelli, Team Ladybirds Head Coach)
On March 9, 2020, the rinks closed due to COVID-19 in Italy, to limit the spread of the virus and thus protect the health of the population. What about the evolution of the situation of Team Ladybirds in Milan?
Team Ladybirds started training on-ice again in June, focusing on skating skills to prepare for the upcoming 2020/2021 season. To be sure the Covid would not spread before returning to train all athletes and coaches had to test negative for the virus.
Athletes have to keep FFP-2 masks on all the time except for warming up, off-ice training and of course on the ice, while coaches have to wear them always. There is a hand sanitizer station at the rink entry and in every corner, temperature measurement is mandatory before entering the rink. The changing rooms could not be used for safety reason. The athletes have to be as ready as possible whenever they come to the rink for training.
In particular, the Junior A team is a new formation composed of young athletes that are willing to work hard to reach the top levels in this category.
All athletes focused on improving their skating skills, interpretation and musicality under the expert guidance of the head coach Cristina Pastorelli, striving to gain the power and flow typical of this level. During the season, except the ice training (four times a week), this Junior team do ballet, choreography, physical training and mental preparation.
As the girls are very passionate about the sport, all shared their motivation on the Instagram page of Ladybirds Team to help other teams stay positive during these dire times.
All seven teams continue to work on this season’s programs along with a particular focus of up-skilling and development that has become a priority for the over 70 skaters.
Virtual events are still news for many skaters around the world, but Team Ladybirds agrees with the president of the ISU technical committee Philippe Maitrot: "If it has to be virtual, let’s do it!".
Synchro is a beautiful sport, sadly not renown as we would like it to be, and even if the atmosphere of real competition is different, these virtual events may be a way to help spread our presence and passion to the world.
All the athletes are excited to try this new experience and ready to give their best and show all the hard work in this challenging year.
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Even if it is not the same thing as having in presence support, the girls are happy to show their hard work results to the people who support them constantly.