The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships takes place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 16 and 17 March, with UK interest in the shape of Nottingham’s Icicles. Icicles are among 21 teams taking part this year.
Last year at the championships in Mississauga, Canada, Icicles placed 18th. However, this was due to some unfortunate falls in the short programme: the team usually places higher, and Icicles can be expected to do much better this year.
NISA has a preview piece on Icicles at www.iceskating.org.uk.
Providing another UK angle on the event is former Solway Stars skater Molly Coxon, who competes this year with Nexxice Junior of Canada.
Live streaming is by Agatin TV via Daily Motion at https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6gd0lr. Streaming this year is free. The short programmes start at 4.30pm UK time on the Friday (the stream starts 30 minutes beforehand). Icicles are due to skate at 5.14pm after the first resurface (time schedule is at: www.isuresults.com).
Update: On Saturday, the competition begins at 2pm UK time. Icicles skate 11th. They scored 37.14 in the short – a pretty amazing score for a British team at a world championships – earning them 12th place.
Update (18 March): Icicles scored 66.44, placing them 16th in the free skate. They slipped one place overall to 13th with a total of 103.58. None the less, this is the best result achieved by a British junior team since the inaugural world junior championships (then called the Junior World Challenge Cup, held as part of the Neuchatel Trophy) when Bracknell’s Ice Metrics placed 11th, way back in 2001 (ref. http://www.figure-skating-corner.com/archiv/2000-01/neuchatel_trophy01.shtml). However, the 2001 championships had only 14 teams competing – before the top five nations were allowed to field two teams.