Canada’s Nexxice leads after short program at world synchronized skating championships


Louis Daignault

April 5, 2013, Boston (ISN) – Canada’s Nexxice is in first place after the short program at the ISU synchronized skating world championships.

The 21-member team based in Burlington, Ont., earned 72.84 points to stand ahead of the U.S., in second at 71.87 and Russia in third at 69.66. Nexxice performed a short program to the song A Telephone Call from Istanbul by Tom Waits.

”It’s a great start,” said Nexxice co-captain Amy Cebulak. ”We’ve worked really hard to build up to this point and we feel really strong as a unit. Everybody is motivated towards the same goal and we are going into tomorrow’s final with the same attitude.”

The 2009 world champions, Nexxice, won silver last year, and placed fifth at the event in 2011 and 2010. They represent the Burlington Skating Club and are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

”We didn’t really change too much from last year in terms of our style,” said Nexxice’s other co-captain Nichole Manahan. ”About half the team is new but we’ve kept the same vibe.”

A second Canadian team, Les Suprêmes from St-Léonard, Que., is in seventh place out of 20 countries. Les Suprêmes placed seventh at last year’s worlds and were sixth in their appearances in 2011, 2008, and 2007. They represent CPA Saint-Léonard and are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis and Amélie Brochu.

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