2022, the level is already high


Team Tatarstan in the 2nd element of their program, the Moves. (Credits: Justyna Kopec - 2022)

The victory, they wanted it and they got it. After beating Team Paradise a few weeks ago, the senior team Tatarstan from Russia won again at the first stage of the Challenger Series in Poland. Crystal Ice (RUS) and Dream Edges from Finland got the silver and the bronze, ending with tight scores.

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That's a wrap! The first stage of the 2021-22 Challenger Series ended on Saturday in Gdansk, Poland. Six senior teams competed with their free program. 

Already in the lead after the first day, Team Tatarstan won the gold after a fast and difficult program. The team, which trains in Kazan in the west of Russia, received 145.72 for their free program, making a total of 226.00. 

Team Tatarstan reacts on video after their performance!

This first Challenger Series also showed that the Crystal Ice Senior team from Moscow, Russia, and the young Finnish team Dream Edges Senior were neck and neck. 

Indeed, if Crystal Ice managed to keep its 2nd place on Saturday in the final ranking, Dream Edges still beat the Russians in the free program (139.51). The team led by Siiri Eskelinen skated brilliantly its program "Romance" telling with emotion a love story between two women. 

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The competition was also marked by the return to business of the Hungarian team Team Passion which, with one point deduction, received 108.44 points on Saturday for its free program. In total, this team finished in 4th place (170.85). 

"We are proud of our team that despite having to leave 4 people at home and the changes what we had to make at the last minute, we were still able to get the highest score in international competitions so far," commented Team Passion after the competition on Instagram.

United Angels from Germany on the Polish ice. (Credits: Justyna Kopec - 2022)

The Polish team Ice Fire senior finished the competition in 5th place, with a total score of 145.24. The team showed great energy but had to count with a fall and did not receive the points for their first creative element (Cr).

Finally, the United Angels team represented Germany in Poland. The team from Stuttgart collected 81.71 for their free program and also had some trouble with their Creative Element, which did not earn them any points. They scored 129.39 in Gdansk.

Results - TOP 3

6th Hevelius Cup
Gdansk (POL)
JAN 06, 2022 - JAN 08, 2022

TEAM Score
1Crystal Ice (RUS)201.87
2Valley Bay Synchro (FIN)180.72
3Teams Elite (USA)169.74

TEAM Score
1Team Tatarstan (RUS)226.00
2Crystal Ice (RUS)212.04
3Dream Edges (FIN)210.35