Maybe I’ve just noticed it more because I was involved with the Skate Canada Synchronized Championships taking place last week in Calgary, my sometimes-hometown, and was on the look-out for media coverage. Or maybe this is all a dream. OR, maybe synchro is finally getting some of the R-E-S-P-E-C-T it deserves in the media, indicated in particular by the appearance of this very well-written article about our beloved sport in the high-profile New York Times yesterday: A Move to the Front Line.
Don’t question it. Let’s just appreciate it.
Here are some of the other pieces I came across last week about the Canadian Championships:
And before the die-hards among us start to nit-pick some of the inaccuracies scattered throughout, I think it’s fair to say that as the sport has improved, so had the media coverage. I think each of these pieces shows synchro in a great light overall, and introduces the general public to it in a way that enhances its appeal as a bona-fide athletic endeavour.
The champions were crowned at the World Synchronized Skating Championships nearly a week ago, but thanks to the CBC we can re-live all the excitement this Saturday. CBC will be broadcasting highlights from the competition on TV on April 21, along with a web stream and chat with PJ Kwong. (Presumably the TV broadcast will only be available in Canada, though perhaps fans in other countries will be able to see the web stream on iPhones and iPads as we could with the Swedish feed last weekend.)
USA1 (Haydenettes) were the only repeat medalists from 2011 at the conclusion of the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships today, while SWE1 (Team Surprise) and CAN1 (Nexxice) reclaimed World podium spots after missing out on medals in 2010 and 2011. SWE1, CAN1, and USA1 finished first, second, and third respectively while the Finnish teams were shut out of the medals for only the second time in history. The last time that happened was in 2007, which is also the last time Team Surprise were World Champions. That year, USA (Miami University) and CAN (Nexxice) also rounded out the podium. Team Surprise’s gold in Gothenburg marks the second time they’ve won at home, and is their sixth World Championship title.
After surprising even themselves by winning the short program yesterday, an excess interruption fall in the free took RUS1 (Paradise) out of medal contention. And while FIN2 (defending champions, Rockettes) rebounded from a sixth place skate yesterday to win the free today, it wasn’t enough to land them a spot on the podium. (more…)