Soucisse And Firus 20th At World Championships

Carolane Soucisse and Shane Firus have finished 20th in the ice dance event at ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Soucisse and Firus skated 21st of the 36 couples in the ice dance event with only the top 20 teams advancing to the free. Performing to a medley of Rick James songs for the 1980s themed rhythm dance, they opened with a Midline Step Sequence and followed that with a Level 4 Synchronised Twizzle Sequence. They next nailed a Pattern Type Step Sequence and a Choreographic Rhythm Sequence. They closed out strongly with a difficult Level 4 Rotational Lift. They earned 68.04 points, a new season best, for 19th place in the rhythm and qualified for the following day’s free dance.
In the free, the Irish national champions skated third out of all the competitors in the event. Performing to “Hier Encore” by Charles Aznavour and an instrumental version of “La Bohème”, they opened with a Choreographic Character Step Sequence to set the tone for the routine. They followed that with a lift combination comprising a Straight Line Lift and a Rotational Lift and a Diagonal Step Sequence and One Foot Turns Sequence. Their Synchronised Twizzle Sequence was graded a Level 4 by the technical panel, the highest possible, as was their Dance Spin. They closed with a Choreographic Slide, a Choreographic Spin and a Level 4 Stationary Lift earning 103.63 points, a new Season Best and 18th place for their free. Their combined total score of 171.67 points was also a new Season Best.
“The rhythm dance was pretty stressful because the field is really strong and large and we knew there was no room for mistakes,” Soucisse said. “Being able to present our free dance was truly a gift for us and we took it as such and made the most of it.”

“We wanted to be very patient and calm and enjoy the experience,” Firus said. “It was great to skate here in Montreal.”


Soucisse/Firus Named To World Figure Team

Carolane Soucisse and Shane Firus have been selected to represent Ireland at next month’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal, Canada (18-24 March). They will be the first ice dance duo to represent Ireland at the event.

Soucisse and Firus have had a productive 2023/2024 season. In January, they finished 13th at their debut ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania and earlier this month they picked up a bronze medal at Egna Dance Trophy in Italy.

“Carolane and I feel so privileged to represent Ireland at this coming World Championships,” Firus said. “We really want to make Ireland proud and skate to the best of our abilities.”

“We are aiming for a top 20 finish with the possibility to be as close as possible to the top 15,” Soucisse added. “Hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with us as it is on the same week as Saint Patrick’s Day!”

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be streamed live on the Skating ISU YouTube channel.