Skating to communicate a message, the new trend among teams
Les Zoulous from France skated a program on deafness last season. (Credits: Sean McKinnon - 2022)
More and more teams (and their coaches) are choosing to engage with a theme. Whether it is climate, disability or disease, the chosen topic is fully embraced by the athletes on the ice.
Here are 4 teams that have chosen a strong theme in recent seasons.
Les Zoulous: "Can You Hear Me?"
The "Can You Hear Me" program conveys strong cohesion, complicity, and trust values. One of the team's skaters designed the logo for this program.
Skated for the last time in the huge Ericsson Globe in Stockholm at Worlds (see the results), this free program left a deep impression on fans worldwide. It was also the final program of Team Surprise before it was disbanded.
Les Suprêmes: "Unsustainable"
In this committed program, the Quebec team's goal was to send a message of warning about global warming, before it becomes "Unsustainable".
"One of our managers began her battle with cancer earlier in the year. She has been so brave, strong, and positive throughout it all. After major surgery, we are filled with joy to say that she has now WON her battle with cancer. She has, and is an inspiration to all of us", said the team. Several teams have chosen this meaningful theme for their programs in recent years and have each, in their own way, conveyed their message of hope and strength.