A first place that is worth more than gold... a qualification for the Worlds in Hamilton
With 229.04 points, the Helsinki Rockettes keep their national title and qualify as "Team Finland 1". (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2022)
The national championships in Finland ended on Sunday in Tampere. If Dream Edges, the new senior team, made its entry on the senior podium, the disappointment was total for Team Unique, which finished 4th and therefore did not qualify for the Worlds.
Despite one fall in their free program "Digital Twin" Helsinki Rockettes reached the first position and were crowned Finnish national champions, earning a total score of 229.04 points. The gold medallists will be "FIN1" at the World Championships 2022 in Hamilton, Canada. The team of Kaisa Arrateig keeps their national title for the third consecutive year: 2019, 2020 and now 2022! Last season, due to the Covid, the competition did not take place.
"We skated for ourselves and enjoyed every second. We are super proud of the progress we've made during the season; hard work really pays off. We kept believing in ourselves and what we have as a team and we are delighted to say that our journey continues to the Worlds," the team said on Instagram.
Dream Edges Senior placed third, and this is only the first season for the team. They succeeded very well also in their free program and improved their score to a new record: 216.89.
Lumineers also had two falls in their free program. They finished fifth and earned 196.88 points in total.
Musketeers were awarded the silver medal with a score of 189.65. They are also already selected for the Junior World Championships (FIN2).
Twelve junior teams competed in total with excellent performances rewarded with total scores ranging from 111 to 176 points.
The highlights of Saturday's short programs
Results - TOP 3
Finnish National Championships 2022
MAR 05, 2022 - MAR 06, 2022
|2||Valley Bay Synchronics (FIN)||86.98|
|3||Team Dynamique (FIN)||86.97|
|1||Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)||229.04|
|2||Marigold IceUnity (FIN)||226.93|
|3||Dream Edges (FIN)||216.89|
|1||Team Fintastic (FIN)||203.52|
|3||Team Mystique (FIN)||189.41|