Thanks to these athletes, a second national team will skate at Worlds in 2023
Team Berlin 1 at the end of their free program in Hamilton. (Credits: Sean McKinnon - 2022)
Team Berlin 1 from Germany finished 7th at the Worlds this year in Hamilton. Such a result had not happened to this Senior team since 2008! Let's take a look at this achievement with the skaters of the team.
And yet, nothing was guaranteed before the Worlds. With two Russian skaters on the team, Team Berlin 1 was not sure to be able to gather all the athletes in Hamilton.
With the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior, the girls received a positive decision about their visas. They changed flights, drove from Berlin to the Canadian embassy in Vienna by car and back and arrived a day later than the others in Hamilton. Luckily, they were in time for the official training, and we were able to compete with the full team."
With a total of 187.03, the Berlin team achieved its 2nd best score of the season. With this result, and as the fourth-best nation at Worlds, they qualify a second German team for next season.
We think this motivates many skaters and will help to further develop the sport in our country. And it doesn’t even matter that the Russian teams did not take part in the championships. We would still be in the top five, which gives us the right to say that we have earned this quota for two teams.
We have received many messages of congratulations. It is so lovely to realize that many people not only in Germany but also abroad support us," continued the team.
After a "rather physically and morally difficult month" where the German team skated at the Open German Championship, then held a training camp and some challenges to get to the Worlds in Canada, Team Berlin 1 took a short break. In a couple of weeks, they'll be back to training again. Officially their new season starts at the begging of August.