Due to the impact of COVID-19, U.S. Figure Skating has approved recently an updated structure for the 2020-21 synchronized skating season. "The goal of this updated format is to provide competitive opportunities for teams at every level in various geographic regions," the federation explains in a press release.
Last weekend French synchronized skaters went back to competition during the Masters. What were the rules and constraints of competing during the pandemic? A Senior athlete tells about her experience.
Organized by the French Federation of Ice Sports, the Masters 2020 started Friday in Villard-de-Lans in strict compliance with health measures. Four French teams were able to compete.
The French teams, at the Junior and Senior ISU level, are holding their breath. They should indeed present their new programs physically for the first time of the season on Friday and Saturday during the 2020 Masters organized in Villard-de-Lans, in the south-east of France.
"It was a very hard decision to make," starts Susanne Schöne of the Cup of Dresden organizing committee. This international synchronized skating competition, which should have taken place in March 2021, will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event took place in sunny Turku last weekend. Altogether 91 teams and about 2200 skaters competed in eight categories. One more time during this season the audience was allowed to enjoy the spectrum of fantastic performances.
Sunday and Monday saw the culmination of the ISU event and also the club international competition. Throughout the weekend, there was a great atmosphere in the stadium, with teams and spectators alike being dazzled by some superb skating in the ISU categories. Monday also saw some brand new teams step onto the ice and some healthy rivalry from the more established teams!
The second ever Steel City Trophy kicked off this weekend 7-9th March, in Sheffield, England, with teams from around the world, in a variety of categories, coming to compete at an Olympic sized rink on the last weekend before Junior Worlds. After a hugely successful inaugural competition last year, Steel City Trophy has evolved quickly, attracting a record 74 teams in this year’s ISU and Club International Competition.
Some of the best teams from the nation all gathered at the Dunkin Donuts Arena in Providence, Rhode Island for the 2020 US Synchronized Skating Championships. This competition is the final competition for many teams and it showcases the present and future of the sport in the United States.