A weekend of world-class synchronised skating will get
underway in the popular Normandy town of Rouen this February, on Friday
February 5th and Saturday February 6th. The French Cup
will precede a host of large-scale sporting events to be held in France this
year, including Euro 2016, the Tour de France and the French Open.
Established in 1994, the event is sanctioned by the
International Skating Union and sees some big names and teams from the world of
synchronised skating taking part, as well as offering a stage for novice teams
looking to break into the professional realm. The competition is held annually
in Rouen at the Centre Sportif Guy Boissiere, near our Normandy villas, and
makes for one of the best winter sporting events in the region.
The action will get underway on the Friday from 3pm, when
there will be free skating at the novice level. The professional junior and
senior teams will then take part in the short program competition at 4.30pm and
8pm respectively. Saturday will see the main action taking place with both the
junior and senior free skating underway, culminating in the podium
presentation, bringing the event to a close at 10.30pm.
With Finland having dominated the ranks of the French Cup
for the past few years, having even taken all three podium places in the last
two competitions, will another country be able to shake the kings of
synchronised skating from their throne?
Image: Linnea Samila,
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