Canada's Nexxice wins world synchronized skating title
Team's 1st gold since 2009
Canada's Nexxice team won the gold medal Saturday at the world synchronized skating championships in Hamilton, Ont.
It's the first time a Canadian team has won the event since 2009, when Nexxice did it.
Nexxice, which competes out of Burlington, Ont., just a few minutes away from Hamilton, emerged from a field of 25 teams representing 20 different countries to win this year's title in front of a crowd of 7,600 at FirstOntario Centre.
The top-seeded Canadian team finished with 214.73 points performing to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Finland won Saturday's free skate but couldn't catch the Canadians, who won the short skate on Friday, and finished with 214.06 points to take the silver medal. Russia got the bronze at 203.48.
Skating for Nexxice were Shannon Aikman-Jones, Maria Albanese, Ellicia Beaudoin, Emma Bonafiglia, Kelly Britten, Courtney Broadhurst, Lee Chandler, Alessia Chiovitti, Carla Coveart, Samantha Defino, Courtney Gray, Yu Hanamoto, Renata Khuzina, Victoria Kwan, Kristen Loritz, Nichole Manahan, Kerrin Caitlin McKinnon, Victoria Smith, Kiersten Tietz and Gillian Tyler.
'It was just a surreal experience with the crowd," said Chandler. "In the end they really lifted us. This is a program we have been practising since September and the girls came together today and performed it better than ever.''
The other Canadian entry, les Suprêmes, from St-Léonard, Que., skated the fourth-best free program to climb from seventh to sixth in the final standings.
This was the third time Canada has hosted the event in its 16-year history. Canada has reached the podium in 11 of those 16 years.