Former world-class skaters have created a new synchro team
Fourteen former MIU skaters are on the team. (Credits: Janne Koistinen - 2018)
"Currently, we are just enjoying being back on the ice," explained one of the skaters of the new EX IT team based in Helsinki, Finland, made up of former Marigold IceUnity athletes.
As Finnish coach Anu Oksanen wrote at the end of 2021, fifteen synchro teams now make up her club, Helsingin Luistelijat ry. based in Helsinki, Finland.
She never thought that so many teams would develop in the last years: "When I came to this club they had two teams. Little by little the number grew. At most I think I would coach six different teams. From Marigold to adults and little beginners".
"Oh it was so wonderful to see them on the ice. All the years of practice, the experience. Even with just little time they had to put something together to show people, they still managed to look good and confident. Making it look so easy. But hey they've worked years to get to the top of our sport, so why not just enjoy the skills they have accomplished and all the work they have done during their long career," said Anu Oksanen, their former head coach.
"I know the pandemic surely has had an effect on all of us, and in some of our teams, there are not quite as many skaters as we would hope. I'm happy most of our skaters continued skating, though last season was really tough for everyone and especially to those skaters who weren't allowed to skate/practice/get together and didn't have any competitions last season," said the famous coach.
"The requirements are more difficult. The level of skating has become higher within just a few years. Skaters must be multi-talented and be able to do just about everything, so that is what we try to work on their skills at practice in many ways, both on and off the ice.
From improving basic skating to working on skating skills in general to working on lifts and other difficult acrobatic like elements. Working on individual skills and elements that need to be done together. From basics to highest technical level requirements. Somehow we very often go back to the basics... And of course, in addition to all this is the artistic part of skating; interpretation, use of the whole body to interpret the music, story and feelings," said Anu Oksanen.
"I think we are the biggest in many ways. Surely we have most teams in one club and our club is also the biggest figure skating club in Finland," concluded Anu Oksanen.