First Senior Elite 12 medals awarded in Finland
Team Lumineers with coaches (from left) Henriikka Latva, Jenni Rahko and Liisa Lakela. (Credits: Hannu Vanhatalo)
For the first time in synchronized skating history, ISU Senior Elite 12 was part of the national qualifications in Finland with Lumineers Synchronized Skating pioneering this section.
Photo: Hannu Vanhatalo
Past weekend, Finland’s first national qualifications in synchronized skating were held in Lahti. For the first time in skating history, this included the new twelve-skater ISU senior category Elite 12. Lumineers is the first team in Finland representing the new category, which aims to introduce synchronized skating as an Olympic winter sport.
Lumineers skated their catchy short programme on Saturday, with the theme “Disco”, to tunes from 1980’s disco queen Donna Summer. Their free programme “Movement”, performed on Sunday, is an artistic contemporary dance performance telling the story of overcoming an inner struggle through different formations and body movements. The team earned a total score of 171,10 points.
“Overall, we are quite happy with the weekend,” says captains Kia Janatuinen and Pinja Sten. “In the short programme, we succeeded in bringing a confident and energetic routine performance on the ice. We also enjoyed premiering our free programme, despite some small mistakes. Now is a good time to continue perfecting our programmes to the second qualifications and our first international competition.”
Lumineers is bringing their programmes to the international audience at their first international competition for the season at Lumière Cup in the Netherlands on 8-11 December, right after the second qualifications in Finland.
The two competition programmes’ requirement level, length and number of elements are the same for both Senior categories. The compulsory elements and rules are tailored for both number of skaters.
Results - TOP 3
Finnish first qualifications 2022
NOV 05, 2022 - NOV 06, 2022
|1||Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)||217.02|
|2||Team Unique (FIN)||213.70|
|3||Marigold IceUnity (FIN)||196.95|
|1||Team Fintastic (FIN)||172.62|
|3||Valley Bay Synchro (FIN)||163.95|
|2||Team Dynamique (FIN)||76.82|
|1||Valley Bay Synchronics (FIN)||76.10|
|2||Ice Fantasy (FIN)||67.94|