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26 teams from twenty-one countries will compete at the synchronized skating world cup

According to the competition entry administration, 26 teams from 21 countries will compete at the synchronized skating world cup held on 8-9 April at Syma Event and Congress Centre. On the press conference of the event it was confirmed that the entry period ends on the 16th of March.


Mihály Orendi, managing director of MOKSZ, said that although the demolition of Ferenc Puskás Stadium has started, no deconstruction work will interrupt the preparations for the world cup and the event itself. He mentioned that the synchronized skating world cup would be the last event to be held in the stadium. Mihály Orendi also said that an experienced and recognized organizing committee will be at the service of the association, therefore they have taken no risks when they undertook the organization of two world cups only three weeks apart.

“We expect six thousand visitors, that is full house, to the Syma Centre’s mobile stand”, said György Sallak, international affairs director of the Hungarian Skating Association (MOKSZ). “We expect that the most challenging problem will be to figure out how the “warmth” of the six thousand visitor will affect the ice surface. The organizers will cooperate with the same Austrian ice-production company that worked for the European Championship two years ago and the figure skating junior world championship in Debrecen in March. Tickets are already available via Ticketpron.”

The world championship of synchronized skating is being organized in Hungary for the second time. In 2008, the Hungarian team came 14th, but they hope to do better now. The leader of Team Passion is Erika Gulyás, but the coaching is supported by one of the best trainers in the world, Andrea Dohány, who has been living in Sweden for decades. Team Passion performed one of the most dynamic programs in the Mozart Cup in Salzburg gaining 91.45 points and came before the Czech and Swiss teams (our team lagged behind them with 20 points on last year’s world championship) and finally came 6th. The girl team performed a fast program at the Spring Cup held in Milan gaining 95.76 points and therefore finishing at 8th place with the seasonal record of the total of 147.10 points. The third stage of the preparation was the Budapest Cup.

engi_klaraKlára Engi, the sports director of the scoring field, told the guests at the press conference that in synchronized skating, the total of 16 skaters are simultaneously on ice, the maximum number of men skaters is maximum four. Team Passion has only one male member. “The team is developing very fast, and in the light of this year’s competitions we can state that the team is well-put together. This progress is due to the doubled time they are able to spend with practice on ice as well as the improved conditions of dry training”, she added. Team Passion performed a successful show for the guests of the press conference.


Attila Szabó, managing director of Kippa Trans Kft. and Mihály Orendi, managing director of MOKSZ.

team_passion_hungary_szinkronkorcsolya(Photos: Jenő Kozma)

The opening ceremony and the draw for the world championship will be held on 7th April accompanied by a show. The competing teams will perform their short programs on the next day, and the main programs on the closing day of the tournament.

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