National Championships in Japan
Japan Nationals - Award ceremony. /Credits: Ayumi
On March 4-5, the 23rd Japan Synchronized Skating Campionships took place in Otsu, Shiga. Open, Junior and Senior teams skated at this event.
In the Junior ISU division, two teams were engaged: Kansai Synchro Lovers Junior and Higashiohtsu Highshool ISC. Both teams improved their performances compared to last year and showed amazing programs.
There was only one participating team in the Senior ISU category. Jingu Ice Messengers showed a wonderful performance. They skated to “Titanic” in the free Skating despite the music problems. After the award ceremony, it was announced that this team will represent the country as "Team Japan" at the 2017 World Championships in Colorado Springs, USA.
Today our teams participated in the Japan Synchronized Skating Open Competition, and the Japan National Synchronized Skating Competitions. All of our teams, the Juvenile Team, Novice Team, and Senior Teams were able to take home the gold medal in their categories. The Senior Team was also selected to represent Japan at the 2017 World Synchronized Skating Championships. We will now continue to work hard towards the competition. We would like to say thank you to all of you for your support this weekend. 本日、ジャパン・シンクロナイズド・スケーティング・オープン大会、全日本シンクロナイズド・スケーティング選手権大会が行われました。 いつも応援してくださる皆様のお陰で、オープン大会では、ジュベナイル・ノービスチーム共にシーズンを通して最高の演技で優勝することができ、シニアチームは全日本優勝・世界選手権派遣が決まりました。これから世界選手権に向けて、更にレベルアップをしていきます。 引き続き応援よろしくお願い致します。 🏆⛸ #jinguicemessengers #synchronizedskating #japannationals #synchrochamps17
Open categories also skated and fifteen teams were engaged. There were including some first-time participation teams and three teams from South Korea.
In Junior Open, Team Blessing won the competition with 40.62 points, Jingu Ice Messengers Novice was the champion in Advanced Novice and Juvenile and Biwako Synchro Lovers took the gold medal in Open Masters.
The audience was even more fascinated and excited than last year!
Article by Ayumi, Japan