Demougeot & Le Mercier Mirror and Look Forward

By Matteo Morelli

Of their second yr as senior rivals, Loïcia Demougeot and Théo Le Mercier are a younger French workforce that’s already displaying a singular model on the ice. We met with them on the European Championships in Espoo, Finland, the place they shared how they really feel concerning the present season and replicate on their transition from the junior to the senior subject.

Loïcia and Théo, this was your second European championships. How do you’re feeling after skating your programmes and securing a seventh place end on the occasion?

Théo Le Mercier (TL): we really feel fairly good, we did our new season greatest within the rhythm dance and we’re glad. We didn’t do the perfect efficiency however we’re nonetheless glad. A seventh at Euros is a extremely good end result for us. 

Loïcia Demougeot (LD): We attempt to strategy the occasion with out an excessive amount of stress, displaying what we did in observe. 

You might be each fairly younger: what age have been you if you began to skate?

TL: I used to be three after I put my skates on, I used to be with my father and my brother.

LD: And I began at 5 and a half years previous. Theo and I began skating collectively after I was fourteen and Theo was fifteen, so it has been just a few years now. 

2015 was the yr you began skating collectively, together with your coaching location in Villard de Lans, France. Have you ever all the time been ice dancers?

TL: I did quite a lot of sports activities, however on ice I’ve all the time executed ice dance. 

LD: I additionally solely did ice dance, however and not using a companion first. Theo is my first companion.

TL: She is my second!

We perceive you additionally do “ballet sur la glace” or “theatre on ice”, a self-discipline that’s most likely not very well-known to the broader audiences. May you inform us one thing about it?

TL: We do theatre on ice with a bunch of fifteen-twenty folks. It’s virtually as if we do ice dance in a bunch, we attempt to create a extremely particular and authentic ballet. There’s a Nations Cup every year, virtually an equal of the World Championships, though there are solely few international locations participating to it. You would say we’re world champions, however I choose to say that we’re Nations Cup winners. It’s a actually good occasion: this yr it’ll be in Boston, in the identical ice rink the place we did Skate America. 

LD: You are able to do no matter you need on this self-discipline: for instance, you possibly can go on the ground, do one thing between folks. There usually are not so many guidelines. When you fall it’s okay, you possibly can go on the ice! It’s quite a lot of enjoyable to do it with different folks, notably as a result of we do it with the folks we practice with. 

You probably did quite a lot of competitions throughout your junior years, together with successful two silver medals at Junior Grand Prix and qualifying for the 2019 Junior Grand Prix Remaining. What would you say was the perfect second for you throughout these years?

LD: Not the final yr!

TL: After we certified for the finals in Turin, I feel that was the perfect second. Undoubtedly not the final yr, due to Covid we did nothing. However the yr earlier than was the second we received found by these watching ice skating.

You then received virtually catapulted into your senior profession, and in your second yr as seniors you will have already collected two fourth locations at each Grand Prix occasions (Skate America and Grand Prix de France). 

LD: We had an opportunity to begin our senior profession in a short time, we’re glad about that. We simply hope to develop increasingly more throughout massive competitions and accumulate good outcomes. We’re glad we had an opportunity to do our first two Grand Prix this yr.

Excited about your model, you come throughout as fairly distinctive and with programmes that all the time attempt to deliver one thing modern on the ice.

TL: We all the time attempt to change our programmes and magnificence yearly. This yr, we went with Benoît Richaud, which is sweet for us as a result of he modified what we do and allowed us to deliver one thing new to the ice and to enhance on issues we couldn’t do earlier than. The programme is working very well and we’re very pleased with that. 

Have you ever received any long run aims you’re working in the direction of?

TL: We wish to be in all the things!

LD: We wish to go to the Olympic Video games. We simply wish to take it step-by-step and see what occurs. 

Lastly, are there any ice dancers you take a look at and get inspiration from?

TL: In fact Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, no doubt. For me personally, Scott Moir was a mannequin, and likewise Nikita Katsalapov: I feel they’ve a mode just like mine and I wish to maintain working to grow to be pretty much as good as them.