Team Unique: "This was an important win for us. We have done a lot of mental work"
Team Unique's reaction by hearing the scores. They won the Senior event with more than 12 points. (Credits: Kirsi Laine Photography - 2019)
By winning the first qualifications in Finland, the Senior Team Unique racked up a first season best score last weekend in Helsinki. A few hours after their victory, the captains gave their impressions to Jura Synchro.
Team Unique: We are of course very happy. This was an important win for us. We have done a lot of work after last season and also focused on how to improve together as a team on a mental level so it feels really good.
You skated to a strong lead over the other teams (more than 12 points!). What do you think made the difference?
Definitely the technical levels. The short program was very strong and we got all the levels with good GOEs. In the free skate, there were some small mistakes but we performed the important elements very well.
You presented your free program "Betrayed" for the first time. What was your feeling on the ice?
We felt calm and really trusted each other. We just tried to enjoy and not take too much pressure as it was only the first competition. Overall, a great free program premiere!
It did! It was amazing to have such a loud crowd!
This year we’ve got the feeling that you’re being stronger than ever. Have you changed anything in your preparation this summer and those last few weeks?
So as we explained before, we have done a lot of mental work inside the team. Physical training was quite the same as before, but the difference comes from the work we've done with our mental coach Satu. Already in the spring, we analyzed in detail what went wrong last season and then little by little made small changes and new routines to improve our atmosphere. Overall, we just have a super motivated team this year and we enjoy skating without taking that much pressure from competitions. This is something that has in a way been a little lost during the last couple of seasons.
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What a perfect way to start the season. 🥇 We skated two solid programs and won the competition with a total score of 216.69. Even though there were some mistakes in the free skate, we managed to keep the flow and got so much power from each other on ice ❤️ Thank you to our coaching team, we are so grateful to have you 🙌🏼❤️ Congratulations to @teammystiquehsk and @teamdynamiquehsk - we are extremely proud of you!!! 🥉🥇❤️ And finally, a huge thank you for all the support as well. It means so much to have so many people cheering for us!! Kiitos ❤️ #teamuniquesynchro #quesome #quefamily #hsksynchro #skatingfinland
Results - TOP 3
Finnish first qualifications 2019
NOV 02, 2019 - NOV 03, 2019
|3||Diamond Edges (FIN)||70.23|
|1||Team Fintastic (FIN)||182.39|
|2||Dream Edges (FIN)||176.86|
|3||Team Mystique (FIN)||165.98|
|1||Team Dynamique (FIN)||73.88|
|2||Valley Bay Synchronics (FIN)||71.73|
|3||Blue Arrows (FIN)||64.85|
|1||Team Unique (FIN)||216.69|
|2||Marigold IceUnity (FIN)||204.26|
|3||Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)||204.19|