The 2018 British Synchronized Skating Championships take place this weekend (13 and 14 January) at Nottingham Ice Arena. In spite of the loss of the Isle of Wight’s ice rink, four IW teams are taking part – Wight Jewels, Crystals, Sparkles and Sequins – after training at ice rinks on the mainland.
At senior level, Wight Jewels compete against Team Viola of Cardiff and Zariba of Aberdeen. Wight Crystals are in a class of their own in Advanced Novice B. Wight Sparkles face four teams in the Juvenile category, and Wight Sequins are up against 11 other teams in the Elementary event.
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Update I: Wight Jewels are in second place after the Senior short programme with a score of 25.80. Wight Sparkles earned a place on the podium in the Juvenile event with a score of 28.70, earning them third place. Wight Sequins placed 8th out of 12 with a score of 17.07 in the Elementary event.
Update II: Wight Jewels hung onto 2nd place in the seniors, scoring 48.74 in the free for a total of 74.54 – just 0.2 ahead of Zariba (74.34). Viola took first with a total of 99.54.
Wight Crystals took gold in the Advanced Novice B with 27.59, giving IW teams a haul of one gold, one silver and one bronze.