HAMILTON – Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., and Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., delighted the home crowd Friday standing second and third after the short program at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, being held at the FirstOntario Centre.
The Helsinki Rockettes from Finland are first with 82.76 points. Les Suprêmes follow at 81.51 and Nexxice are next at 77.65. There are 23 teams entered.
The skaters for les Suprêmes are Amelia Asparian, Anouk Begin, Karianne Begin, Julia Bernardo, Anne-Claude Champagne, Loriana Cocca, Marie-Ève Comtois, Laurie Desilets, Olivia Di Giandomenico, Lisanne Foley, Charlotte Grutter, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Giulia Hart-Lewis, Audrey-Ann Lajeunesse, Agathe Sigrid Merlier, Andréanne Paradis, Martha Maria Pietrasik, Florence Poulin, Olivia Ronca and Emmakaisa Tikkinen.
‘’We are just so excited about our skate,’’ said Comtois. ‘’It was super fun to skate all together after two years and we are super proud. To represent our country at home means a lot to us and it’s wonderful to have our friends and family here.’’
Due to the pandemic these are the first synchro worlds since 2019. That year Helsinki was the host city and Nexxice narrowly missed the podium finishing in fourth place.
Skating for Nexxice are Nyah Bay, Megan Brown, Emma Daigle, Denika Ellis-Dawson, Jasmine Gagnon, Abbey Glumpak, Carleigh Gorrigsen, Lauren Hatfield, Sadie Hoover, Taylor Johnston, Elizabeth McKenna, Emily Monaghan, Sarah Constance Moss, Tegan Orr, Robbie-Lynn Puspoky, Sophia Tong, Olivia Tworzyanski, Melissa Van Loon, Brynn Wilkinson and Chelsea Wong.
‘’We felt like we laid down everything we possibly could have,’’ said Daigle. ‘’This is a special moment for us and for all the teams, it’s been three years since we had a world championship. We really wanted to show our programs to the world and to our home crowd.’’
Competition ends Saturday with the free skates at 1:40 p.m. (ET)
Full results: https://results.isu.org/results/season2122/wsysc2022/