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THE (WO)MAN OF THE WEEK

Hugo Chouinard, the music magician

Six screens, audio tracks everywhere and music that is constantly playing... Welcome to the world of Hugo Chouinard, the sound designer who creates the arrangements for all the biggest synchronized skating teams. Today, we’re discovering HIS world!


1 athlete, 2 ISU teams, 4 programs

The pandemic of Covid-19 transforms our daily lives, limiting us in many ways. However, it can’t stop us from online-communication and virtual travels. Let’s mentally go to Russia and talk to Angelina Shapovalova, the team captain of Crystal Ice Junior and Crystal Ice Senior.

Simoeemil Nurmela: "Synchro skating taught me a lot of things"

He is the only male skater on the Finnish team Marigold IceUnity. Simoeemil Nurmela is our "Man of the Week". Discover this athlete through an exclusive interview!

Nadine Banholzer: "I want to pass on what I’ve learned over the years"

"The Woman of the Week" is back this season on Jura Synchro! This section explores the life and passion of different personalities in the Synchronized Skating world. Let's kick off this series with Nadine Banholzer, a Swiss athlete who moved to Canada to skate with Nexxice Senior! She's now back in Europe and she's telling us her story.


"It taught me to believe in the seemingly impossible"

Her face is known in the world of synchronized skating, but yet her story is often not known. Lisa Miadovnik is 31 years old and currently lives in Montreal, Quebec. After spending more than twenty years on the ice, she now devotes her life to encouraging the sport. It is from the comfort of her couch that she takes the time to answer our questions. 

"Team spirit is a key to success"

She is probably one of the youngest coaches of an ISU senior team competing at the world championships in April. At 23, Eva Cekanauska welcomes us to her home in Riga, Latvia to talk about her passion and about the teams under her leadership: Amber and Amberlight.

Andrea Gilardi: "I feel butterflies in my stomach"

Today we meet a prominent figure in Italian synchro who comes from Milan. Andrea Gilardi, 50, opens the doors of his team "Hot Shivers".

"Some of the Skyliners skaters drive three or four hours to practice"

This week, Jura Synchro invites you to discover two athletes from Team USA. Jordan Alexander and Kelsey Bialo skate for the Skyliners Senior and have been in the synchro world for many years. In this video interview, they tell us about their team and their love for the sport. 


"I started by raising awareness among coaches to create the first teams in France"

This week, we are opening a new page of the synchro history book. Today we go to Normandy, France to visit the country house of Edith Ballester. Edith was a trailblazer who shaped the origins of synchronized skating in France. She worked to import and develop the discipline in France from 1990 until her retirement in 2001. Let's discover the birth of synchronized skating among our French friends through the eyes of this passionate woman who blew out 82 candles on her birthday cake this year.

"Their professionalism, routines and dresses made a real impression on me"

Welcome to Australia! It is in Brisbane that we find this week's "Woman of the Week". Her name is Beth Howarth, she is 22 years old, she has been skating synchro for 11 years. Originally from Newport, a city on the Isle of Wight in the UK, this sports enthusiast also gives fitness classes to children, and coaches a team in her club. Meet this British girl who decided to live in Australia.

"Synchronized skating is getting tougher and tougher"

This week we receive a well-known face of the world of synchro in Finland. Let us introduce you to a skater from one of the best teams in the world. Ulla Heliö has been skating on Team Unique for many years. She gave us an exclusive interview during her visit to Austria.

"I think we stand out for our originality and the quality of our programs"

Her team was the 2019 Mozart Cup champion in Salzburg a few weeks ago… This week, we are zooming in on a skater from Team Nova of Canada. Elizabeth Morin is talking about her passion for synchronized skating.