Imagica Theatre on Ice takes first at Nation's Cup
Boston-based team edges Space Coast Frozen Hurricanes
|Members of Imagica Theatre on Ice's adult team perform their first-place program in Toulouse. (John Jolly)|
Nearly 500 skaters from seven countries gathered in Toulouse for this first ever Nations Cup, demonstrating the growing success and popularity of Theatre on Ice worldwide. Although 12 U.S. teams were originally expected to attend the Toulouse competition, six teams were forced to withdraw due to travel disruptions resulting from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Of the remaining six U.S. teams many, including Imagica, were missing one or more skaters. Tasney Mazzarino, Imagica's coach, and Amy Vecchio, Imagica's choreographer, were forced to quickly adapt the teams number to adjust for the missing skaters.
Imagica won with a score of 54.50, four points ahead of the Space Coast Frozen Hurricanes. The gold medalists offered up a hilarious rendering of a story where three sailors are lost at sea. The crowd got into their number right away, and they obtained superior marks both for the technique and artistic impression. Space Coast offered also a humorous program with a "day trip to Florida" theme.
"I never would have believed that I could one day stand here, watching the American flag rise in the air and our national anthem be played for me and my team. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience," one of members of Imagica Theatre on Ice's adult team said after the first award ceremony of the first day at the Theatre on Ice Nations' Cup. Each one of the six teams that were forced to withdraw was recognized by name during the Opening Ceremony.
The junior and senior competitions began with the choreographic exercise, which counts for one third of the final score. In the junior category, the Space Coast Hurricanes and the Chesapeake Sapphires stand in fourth and fifth place, respectively, with both teams skating clean programs.
In the senior category, Escondido Californias Theatre on Ice and the Vermont Childrens Theatre on Ice are also in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Both of them are less than a point from the podium. The junior and senior competitions conclude with the free skate today.
None of the U.S. teams planning to compete in the novice category made it to Toulouse. In their absence, the Spanish prevailed, with Barcelona edging out Vielha and the French team Saint-Ouen, finishing third.
Members of the icenetwork.com staff contributed to this report.