Feb. 2, 2012

Miami Senior Synchronized Skating Team at
French Cup
Feb. 3-4 – Rouen France

Video Preview With The Miami RedHawk Senior Captains

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Heading overseas to represent the United States, Miami University's senior synchronized skating team returns to the ice this weekend as the RedHawks competed at the French Cup in Rouen, France.

This marks the third competition for the RedHawk senior team, who posted a first-place finish at the Dr. Porter Classic and earned top scores at the Mid-America Championships. It is the senior team's last competitive event before the U.S. National Championships March 1-3.

The RedHawk senior team's short program is set to the music of Blue Suede Shoes and its long program is themed Gypsy.

Breakdown of the French Cup
Competition Field (14 Teams): Miami University (USA), California Gold (USA), Infusion (AUS), Les Supremes (CAN), Golden Blades (FIN), Marigold IceUnity (FIN), Team Unique (FIN), Atlantides (FRA), Ex’L Ice (FRA), Team Synchro Engergie (FRA), Zoulous (FRA), Skating Graces (GER), Paradise (RUS), Team Boomerang (SWE)

Short Program: Friday, Feb. 3 – 2 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)

Free Skate Program: Saturday, Feb. 4 – 2 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)

Periodically on their trip in France, senior captains Alyssa Sutter, Christina Lee and Martha Buckley will provide updates on the team and give a behind-the-scenes look at the weekend event for MURedHawks.com. Here is their first update from France:

Bonjour from Rouen!

It has been a great past two days since we arrived in Paris. After landing early Wednesday morning, we headed off to tour the magnificent city of Paris. First on the tour was a brief stop at the Eiffel Tower, followed by a sightseeing bus tour around the city where we learned so much about the 2,300-year-old city. Though exploring was fun and enjoyable, we headed back onto the bus for our two-and-a-half-hour trip to Rouen.

Arriving mid-afternoon in the beautiful town of Rouen, it was hard to believe that less than 24 hours previously we had been at the Goggin Ice Center having our final morning practice in preparation to compete. The bus dropped us off in the center of the town, we walked a short distance to our hotel and we quickly changed to prepare for our first practice in France.

We had a great first unofficial practice where we were able to spend some time getting our legs acclimated to the ice after the long journey there. Preparing with such enthusiasm and anticipation for this competition, it felt so amazing to finally be underway with what we came to France to do; skate. After practice, we came back to the hotel and got a great night’s rest.

Today we woke up excited to start day two. Exploring the town for a bit, we spent the rest of the morning having a team dance lesson in the hallway of our hotel. At the French Cup, all the teams were invited to perform in a flash mob routine to music from the movie “Burlesque.” So spending the better part of the morning practicing it and performing it for members of our coaching staff, we felt prepared to help represent the United States well later in our “performance.” We went to the rink for another unofficial practice in the main arena where we will compete Friday and Saturday. The energy was high and we skated a really awesome practice.

Returning to the hotel, we put on our warmest gear (it is approximately 27 degrees here WITHOUT wind chill so it must be in the teens!!) and met up with the other three teams here from the United States. All 80 of us plus our team coaches, doctor and team leaders headed over to gather in a small part of town where there was lots of music playing and people there to greet us. We then proceeded to take part in a parade of all the teams competing and it took us throughout the entire town. It was so awesome!

At the conclusion of the parade, we gathered in the town center to perform our flash mob performance with approximately 730 other skaters. It was the most intense flash mob I have ever seen and it truly started the competition off on a fun note. As team captains, the three of us then headed to the official draw for the competition, in which we drew to skate first in the entire senior division. We are so excited to have to opportunity to set a strong tone by taking the ice first to perform before any of our competitors.

Now we are back at the hotel and ready to get a good night’s rest before we have to get up to skate our official practice. So bonsoir for now!

Amour et honneur,
Alyssa, Christina and Martha