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Skate Canada – OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have two teams competing at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships this week from April 7-8 in Colorado Springs, CO, USA. Twenty-four teams from across the world will be competing for the title of world champion.

Nexxice, from the Burlington Skating Centre, and Les Suprêmes, from CPA Saint-Léonard, earned their entries to the world championships winning gold and silver respectively at the 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships earlier this year in Calgary, Alta.

Nexxice senior, the 2015 World Champions, will be the first Canadian entry. Last season, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre placed seventh at this event. This season, they placed fourth at the French Cup and won the gold medal at the Trophy D’Ecosse. The 2017 Canadian champions are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Les Suprêmes senior will be the second Canadian entry. Last year, they placed fifth at this event. This season, Les Suprêmes won the bronze medal at the Leon Lurje trophy in Sweden, and won the silver medal at both the 2017 Canadian championships and the 2017 Budapest Cup. The representatives of CPA Saint-Léonard are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis and Amélie Brochu.

Karen Robertson of Chelsea, Que., will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and physiotherapist Shirley Kushner, of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Cynthia Alepin of Mount Royal, Que., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will also be traveling with the team.

For results and full entries, please visit the official event website or

For photos of Canadian entries, please contact



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