Calgary, AB. The Les Suprêmes junior team from Saint-Léonard, Que., claimed the junior national synchronized skating title on Thursday evening at the 2024 Canadian National Skating Championships taking place at the WinSport Arena in Calgary, Alta, setting a new national record along the way.
The team of 16 skaters, who last won the junior national title in 2022, delivered a very strong free skate to score 125.26 and win the gold medal with a total overall score of 197.55 – a new national record.
“We did exactly what we do at home, and I think our performance really reflected all of our hard work and we’re really proud,” said team co-captain Victoria Gimenez.
When asked if the fact that they were sitting in first after their short program impacted them at all heading into the competition today, Gabriella Musi, the other team co-captain, added: “If we were last, second, or third, it would have been the same thing that we would have delivered on the ice – because at the end of the day, it’s a new day and a level playing field for everybody. The new national record is just a great bonus!”
Last year’s champions, Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., took the silver medal with an overall score of 189.07, while Nova from St-Hubert, Que., took bronze with an overall score of 183.28.
It was a good day for the Les Suprêmes club as their senior team also topped the results with their short program. The team, who are the reigning World Champions, scored a 74.80 to take the lead with the senior team from Nexxice sitting second with a score of 72.24, and the Nova senior team sitting third with a score of 71.81.
“It feels great. We’ve worked really hard the last few weeks to clean our programs, and improve our calls, and just deliver a clean program and I think that’s what we did today,” said Les Suprêmes team co-captain Olivia Digiandomenico.
The senior synchronized skating competition will wrap up Friday with the free skate, while the senior competition gets started with the short program for the women, men, and pair skaters, and the rhythm dance for the ice dance teams.