An important weekend in Finland with the Nationals


Dream Edges Junior - Short program. (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2023)

The Finnish National Championships in synchronized skating is in progress in Helsinki this weekend. After a very exciting short program competition, Helsinki Rockettes is leading the competition with 77.87 points. Dream Edges Junior was the best in their division.

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Every year the final Senior competition in Finland has a special excitement. The two Senior World Championship representatives will be chosen, and the teams' pressure is high.

The Nationals winner will claim a place in the World Championships as Team Finland 1. In selecting Team Finland 2, the average of the top two overall results during the season (one subordinated to the Finnish Figure Skating Federation and the other may be ISU competition) is calculated. The overall score of the senior Nationals is added to the average. So, the team with the highest aggregate points will be selected.

The statistics before the Nationals are led by the reigning Finnish champion Helsinki Rockettes (230.21), then Marigold IceUnity (224.63) and Team Unique in third place (222.27).

Helsinki Rockettes - Short program (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2023)

Helsinki Rockettes took the lead with their skillful “Breathe” program and gathered 77.87 points. The second is Team Unique, after they also succeeded very well in their “It ain´t over” program and got a score of 75.64. Marigold IceUnity placed third, and their “Who´s there” program received 73.86 points. Dream Edges Senior is in fourth place with 71.62 points.

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Dream Edges Junior won the short program competition
Team Fintastic and Dream Edges Junior have already received their ticket for the Junior World Championships, but the competition for the Finnish Championship is always very significant for all teams.

On Saturday, Dream Edges Junior claimed a tight lead in the short program with a total score of 70.61. Team Fintastic is not far behind. Their strong program “Thunderbird” received 70.08 points and they are second due to one fall in the No Hold element. Musketeers skated without mistakes, but their program “Imagine” couldn´t beat the leading teams. With 68.10 points, they are in third position. 

Musketeers - Short program (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2023)

Lumineers is the only team in Elite 12
Lumineers skated their short program “Disco” with good speed, and they got 61.48 points for it.  They have had a good season internationally by winning every competition they have attended.

Finettes won the gold medal in the Novice competition
Finettes, winner in the Novice category (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2023)

Based on the two former qualification competitions, the top 12 of the 19 Novice teams made their way to the finals on Saturday. Many teams had improved their performance since the last competition and fine and successful performances were seen on the ice.

Finettes skated their theme, “The Ghost of the Internet” with good confidence. They made no mistakes and they got the gold medals earning 92.85 points. The silver medalists Starlights also succeeded very well in their program “Golden Eagle”. With very expressive performance they gathered good scores of 90.80. Team Dynamique was third. Their vivid “Street Mime” program got 83.60 points, and they skated it with a good flow. One fall reduced their final score.

Results - TOP 3

Finnish National Championships 2023
Helsinki (FIN)
FEB 25, 2023 - FEB 26, 2023

Novice A
TEAM Score
1Finettes (FIN)92.85
2Starlights (FIN)90.80
3Team Dynamique (FIN)83.60

TEAM Score
1Team Unique (FIN)235.12
2Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)233.80
3Marigold IceUnity (FIN)227.78

TEAM Score
1Team Fintastic (FIN)195.21
2Dream Edges (FIN)191.29
3Valley Bay Synchro (FIN)184.83

Elite 12
TEAM Score
1Lumineers (FIN)189.16