NEXXICE Senior, Juniors stand on podium at world synchronized skating championships

The NEXXICE Seniors from the Burlington Skating Centre were crowned world champions at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

The 2009 Canadian Senior Synchronized Skating Champions stood in second place to the strong team from Finland after the short program, but came back with an outstanding free program to take the title over the Finnish 2 team with a 3.30 margin.

NEXXICE scored 80.12 points in their short program (skated on Friday, April 3). That left them 2.24 behind the Finns as they headed into the free program. NEXXICE dominated the free program with a score of 143.46, a significant margin over the second place Finland 2 team, which scored 137.92. The outstanding free program propelled NEXXICE to victory with an overall score of 223.58.

This is NEXXICE Senior’s first World Gold after two consecutive bronze medals at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. This international medal adds to the team’s already impressive season. In February they captured fourth place at the 2009 French Cup, in Rouen, France, and went on to win the Canadian title in Oshawa. NEXXICE Senior trains out of the Burlington Skating Centre and the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club and is coached by Shelley Barnett.

Meanwhile, the Nexxice Juniors, from the Burlington Skating Centre were silver medalists at the World Challenge Cup for Juniors at Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

The Canadian Junior Champions had an outstanding performance in both the short and free program, placing second in both. They secured the silver medal just two points behind Finland’s Team Fintastic. This strong international appearance was the second for Nexxice this season. In February Nexxice Junior competed in Milan, Italy for the 15th edition of the Milan Cup, an international synchronized skating competition.

Nexxice junior had an outstanding performance to win the gold medal. They beat out all other eight teams competing from seven different countries.

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