Nation's Cup/TOI competition comes to close
Los Angeles Ice Theater takes senior gold
|Team Imagica of Boston won the gold medal in the adult event in Hyannis, Mass. (Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz)|
The team's "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen received a standing ovation from the packed crowd at the Hyannis Youth Center and Kennedy Arena. The highly energetic and nonstop program included strong jumping and spinning along with nearly perfect unison.
The silver medal went to Colonial's Broadway Blades of Boxborough, Mass., with their interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, "Can Alice be Saved"? The team made especially good use of their props including a lively dragon, and a very animated Made Hatter and Queen of Hearts.
Harmony Theatre Company of Michigan won the bronze medal with a fun and rousing interpretation of the musical Chicago. The team provided some very strong precision skills and perhaps the best kick line of the night. They also provided plenty of humorous moments for the crowd.
Act One from Boston placed fourth with their "Phantom of the Ballet." Their free skate not only provided beautiful "ballet" sequences in perfect unison but perhaps some of the best pairs lifts of the competition, and an interesting interpretation of the already popular "Phantom of the Opera."
Junior team Houston Starz Theater on Ice won gold for their "Peace for Humanity", a flowing piece taking the audience through sorrow and then joy. Harmony Theatre Company of Michigan won the novice gold medal for their more storybook version of the Alice in Wonderland tale and the Cape Cod Ice Theater won preliminary gold for their whimsical "Bug's Life".
Adult team Imagica of Boston celebrated a second gold medal with their popular "Leprechaun's Gold." The audience favorite also earned them a gold medal at the Nation's Cup. Los Angeles Ice Theater also won two special awards, Best Costume and Make up and Best Original Theme, and the junior team Houston Stars won Best Visual Effects. A fourth award for Best Adaption of a Known Work went to the Space Coast Hurricanes of Florida for their Harry Potter number.
The U.S. competition concluded on Sunday evening, and for competition chair Donna Wundar, the event was the experience of a lifetime.
"It was wonderful, better than we could have ever hoped. Hosting the Nation's Cup and all the teams from around the world as well. It was just amazing," Wundar said.