The first day at French Cup ended in an exciting situation


Dream Edges (FIN) leads the Junior division with a very small margin. / Credits: Kirsi Laine Photography

The 25th French Cup started in a good atmosphere, as so many times before. It empowered the performances of the top teams so that in Senior category the five top teams are within 2.51 points after the short program while Team Paradise from Russia is leading the competition. In the Junior division, the tight fight for the victory should be between Dream Edges (FIN) and Junost (RUS). The difference between the two teams is only 0.18 points. Team Dynamique (FIN) captured the win in the Advanced Novice category.

It was almost as “Finnish Nationals” because all the four Senior teams from Finland competed on the French ice late Friday evening. Even though Team Paradise from Russia captured a narrow lead earning 84.99 points. The team from St-Petersburg skated to classical music very smoothly and beautifully and indisputably got the highest scores for the evening for their skating skills (9.20).

Only 0.25 points behind them are Helsinki Rockettes (FIN). Their strong “Symphony of Passion” was full of emotion and gave them scores of 84.74. The short program competition ended in a speedy presentation of Team Unique (FIN). Their street dance “Muzic makes me…” roused the audience, got the best technical element score and the best program component score but due to one fall the team ended up on the third place with 84.53 points.

Marigold IceUnity (FIN) was as steady as always. They made no errors and their stylish Olympic dream “Why not?” earned them 83.75 points. On the fifth place is Les Supremes (CAN). They earned 82.48 points, which was almost four points better than their short program score last week in Sweden. They skated Michael Jackson’s “You will be there” with good confidence.

It is also well-founded to mention the fourth Finnish team Lumineers, which is approaching the top. They got their best scores of the season, 75.18 and the sixth place. As we saw in Mozart Cup situations may change quickly. So anything can happen between the five top teams on Saturday evening.

In the Junior category, the two top teams had an exciting fight. Dream Edges (FIN) took the narrowest lead with 78.75 points. Their “Ugly Ducling” was flowing softly and with good timing. Junost (RUS) gave them a hard challenge. They skated worth of 78.57 points with incredible speed. Their Spanish-style program was very different from the theme of Dream Edges but surprisingly they got exactly the same program component scores (32.72).

The third was Skyliners from the USA. They skated to the music “Who wants to live forever” with great passion and earned 74.00 points. The gap between the two leading teams was due to a lower technical element score. Their program element score 33.04 was the best in the Junior category. The Valley Bay Synchro (FIN) that started the Junior competition was fourth earning 62.74 points and Lexettes (USA) reached the fifth place with 61.10 points.

In the Junior category, all the teams have increased their speed and skills and it´ll be interesting to find out how the teams will manage in the free program competition.

In the Advanced Novice category, there were five teams from three countries. The Finns ruled the game. Team Dynamique did a slightly unbalanced performance with one fall but still won the competition earning 70.31 points. Finettes (FIN) was second and got 68.44 points. The bronze medal went to Italy when the team Shining Blades skated scores 39.62. The fourth was Les Flammes with 39.35 points and the fifth team Les Comètes earned scores 35.46

The free program competition will be a real thrill, do not miss it.

Results - TOP 3

French Cup 2019
Rouen (FRA)
FEB 01, 2019 - FEB 03, 2019

Novice A
TEAM Score
1Team Dynamique (FIN)70.31
2Finettes (FIN)68.44
3Shining Blades (ITA)39.62

TEAM Score
1Junost (RUS)196.24
2Skyliners (USA)187.35
3Dream Edges (FIN)186.80

TEAM Score
1Team Paradise (RUS)230.53
2Marigold IceUnity (FIN)229.56
3Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)227.11