2023 Japanese Champions Crowned
Jingu Ice Messengers Senior and their Free Program (Credits: Roy Ng - 2023)
The 2023 Japan Synchronized Skating Open Competition got more exciting on the second day as six Intermediate, two Juvenile, and five Open Age teams join Junior and Senior teams on the ice.
Runner-up Yamabiko Starland (60.25), who dressed in flaming red, delivered their Warrior theme program with no major error.
Bronze medalist Toyohashi Synchro Amuse (57.62) was a strong contender with no major error on ice. They have elementary, as well as university students, but yet they managed to form a coherent and strong team despite the age disparity.
Winner Toyohashi Synchro Angels (35.48) went for original soundtracks from the musical “Annie” while Yamabiko Sunrise (28.44) selected some modern remix of Beethoven. Both teams delivered clean programs.
Shiga Synchro Team Sapphire (36.97) delivered a steady performance and slightly edged out silver medalist Ibaraki Synchro (35.88). Bronze Winner Kyoto Uji Enjoy Synchro Open Age (30.19) pledged not just to enjoy participating in a national competition but also going for more challenging elements to get a medal. They happily fulfilled their dream.
Climax of the day
The Junior team improved their Pocahontas theme Free Skate and scored 87.54 which is a whopping 12 points improvement from Mozart Cup (see full results). It is probably an encouragement for a team that could be formed only a short time ago. Their total score is 126.63.
The Senior team unfortunately could not get all four groups lifted successfully but they still got 120.66 for their Free Skate (total: 175.48). At the end, both Jingu Ice Messengers teams have secured their qualifications to represent Japan at World Championships.
Let's hope synchro continue growing in this part of the world and more people get to know this uniquely amazing team sport.