Hustle and bustle in Charlemagne
Muriel Boucher, assisted by Romain Haguenauer and Olivier Schoenfelder is holding the traditional summer camp
A dozen of couples, not counting individual figure skaters, have come from Japan, Spain, Italy and Switzerland, increasing the ranks of students at the ice sports center of Lyon-Charlemagne. The objective of this major daily rout (until August 28) from 6 am to 2pm is to set up the new choreographies, polish the glide for some, form new couples for others, like for these trying-out Japanese, Emi Haira / Taiyo Mizutani.
The task may be a little less difficult but equally complicated before the season opening in early October (Masters of Orleans) since ice dancing has made its revolution. It has removed from its 2010-2011 regulations the tedious and uninvinting compulsory dances that traditionnally opened the ball of dance events. From now on, the compulsories will be included in the short program, the late original dance.
"This is another vision and that's very interesting for us," say the coaches, helped by choreographer Diana Ribas and Marina Morel (first partner of the Olympic champion Gwendal Peizerat) who has created her dance floor company 'T2L & 3D' "The goal in a 2mn50 program is to integrate a minute of a compulsory in a choreographic concept. The technical specialists will assign scores. And when an edge is not correct, the score will be zero. This new regulation will penalise the skaters who don't have a good technical level. We can only praise that ! » "
Financially, the dancers are rubbing their hands with glee : "That's three costumes less per season", observes mischeviously the young couple on the rise Pernelle Carron / Lloyd Jones.
This season, Pernelle (24) and Lloyd (22) have set their sights on the "Valse à mille temps" from Jacques Brel for the short program and a medley of the Rolling Stones, revisited half classic, half-bolero for the free dance.
After the retirements on the world stage of Delobel-Schoenfelder, sixth at the Olympic Games in 2010, the Russians Domnina Shabalin, 3rd, and Israelis Alexandra & Roman Zaretsky, 10th, the french champions Carron-Jones (9th Bompard, 12th the Euro and the world) want to access quickly the top of the pyramid.
"To shake up the hierarchy, we must take risks," notes Romain Haguenauer, "Therefore Pernelle and Lloyd chose Brel. This waltz is very difficult because it goes crescendo and requires speed. "
Filled with excitement, the duo will dispute the Masters (1st-2 October), the Coupe de Nice (13-17 October) and the two ISU Grand Prix where it will aim at least at a podium: Skate Canada (29-31 October) and Bercy (26-28 November).