Behind the scenes of one of the world's best synchro teams
(Credits: Hot Shivers - 2023)
The Italian Hot Shivers team was recently the centrepiece of a film. "Se cado mi rialzo" ("If I fall, I get up") is a one-day trip with the skaters and coach Andrea Gilardi during the Spring Cup. The video promotes the sport and its journey towards the Olympic Games.
"They chose synchronized skating, even though it is not yet an Olympic sport, precisely to give visibility and a push so that it can become one soon, as well as being the representative team of Milan", said the team.
"A window onto our wonderful discipline, where art, grace and the union of music, speed, skill and synchrony make synchronization a unique show. “Se cado mi rialzo” is not just the title of the documentary; it represents the spirit with which to face training and competitions every day; it contains the strength and confidence that every athlete must find in herself and her teammates; a great team effort resulting from long preparation work, training and team spirit", explained the team.
The filmmakers were at their first experience in the world of synchronized skating, yet they were able to capture the nature and emotions of this discipline, collaborating with the teams and the coach Andrea Gilardi.
Viviana (Senior Captain): "The film tells about the uniqueness of being part of a team, but not only that: the people you share moments with on the ice slowly become part of your life. Every day you learn more and more to know every aspect of your companions' characters, respecting every facet of them. In the film, it is said that 'where I can't reach, there are my companions who try for me', and this is exactly what we try to do every day. Weaknesses are not failures. Each one needs the other and so, a team is built on the basis of the uniqueness of each one. We work hard to achieve the results we plan for, both athletes and coaches.The speech of our coach Andrea where he says, 'we can't prove it next time, we have to do it here and now' is the kind of motivation we need to remind ourselves who we are and what we want to achieve."
This initiative represents another attempt to show that synchronized skating deserves to become an Olympic sport. "This project is very important for us and for the entire synchronized movement, a push to ensure that it finally has the visibility it deserves."