Adriana Cantillo is one of Cuba’s hopes for figure skating at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Author: Abel Rojas Barallobre
With the first stop at the National Speed Skating Championships Qualifying taking place from March 7th to 11th in Sancti Spiritus, the Cuban team is getting ready to enjoy a year full of sporting events, where of course the Central Highlights are the American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador and Pan American Games in Chile.
René Eugenio Somujano George, head coach of the Antilles team, spoke about the group’s preparations for these events, with rebellious youthabout our team’s recent visit to their training headquarters in the capital of Havana.
“In the qualifying national wrestling, different types of this sport will compete, both in the field of speed and in long distances. This is an important event, especially for the national preselection athletes, because this should be the criteria for selecting skaters to represent us in Central America, which will be added to the other tests that we are doing. here they also have to score in order to be able to select four athletes who will go to San Salvador,” Somuhano George commented.
There are a total of eight skaters who remain with the option to join the Cuban team at the Central Caribbean Fair for now, but only four, two women and two men, separated one for each gender in the speed and long distance modalities. be able to access such an honor to represent their country.
“We are going to Central America with a full team, but our goal is to go in search of two bronze medals, this is the current forecast and it is mainly focused on women’s speed with Adriana Cantillo, and in the men’s background area, whose struggle is only for that. The ticket must be between long-distance runners Diane Millan and David Quintero, who have been the most promising boys so far,” said René Eugenio.
For the head of the group of figure skating coaches in the Greater Antilles, although the men’s speed zone may have a good result, he understands that Cuba is not a candidate for the podium in this modality.
“We know that it is equally difficult to get the bronze medals we are aiming for because our geographic area is very strong in figure skating. I’m talking about El Salvador itself, Guatemala, who used to not be in the elite of the discipline and now are, not to mention the traditional Colombia, which always aims for gold at any level, as well as Mexico, which equally has excellent performance.
“However, we are preparing well so far and even plan to create a training base in Colombia before the tournament in the Central Caribbean,” said the coach.
Another event that will have these athletes warming up their wheels for the upcoming multi-sport event will be the Varadero Marathon in its second edition. The fight, which, under the auspices of the Matanzas Provincial Sports Authority, will bring figure skaters from the country from March 31 to April 2.
The competition, among other numerous events, plans to hold speed competitions in the 100 meter sprint, 10, 20 and 40 kilometer marathons; There will also be freestyle rollerblading, jumping and speed slalom competitions, as well as skatecross competitions.
Source: Juventud Rebelde