The coronavirus pandemic is plunging many countries and synchro teams into uncertainty. Due to the health situation, many competitions have already been postponed to the next months or even next season, leaving little opportunity for athletes to present their programs.
The second day of the first Finnish qualifications in Tampere offered great performances in every category. The final order of Seniors remained the same, but the rankings of Juniors changed, and Novices showed some great performances.
The long-awaited synchronized skating season started on a sunny Saturday in Tampere, Finland. The competition was organized according to strict safety guidelines because of the Covid-19. The arrangements for the first day went well, and both the teams and the audience were happy. Helsinki Rockettes and Team Fintastic are leading the first qualifications.
All the synchro-lovers in Russia became the happiest skaters, coaches, judges, and supporters from October 31 to November 1, 2020. Indeed, overcome all the obstacles, the 1st Stage of the Russian Cup took place in Togliatti. Traditionally, this competition was held in Moscow. However, the bad epidemiological situation in the city couldn't allow competitions to take place. Fortunately, Tolyatti still managed to host events, and they were between three age-categories: Advanced Novices, Juniors, and Seniors.
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.