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Astrid SÖDERSTRÖM

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    Astrid SÖDERSTRÖM
    Journalist
    Finland

    4 Articles

    "I'm a former synchronized skater, having competed in the sport since 2004, representing Finland, and later Hungary. I retired after the 2018 Worlds in Stockholm but remained a close fan. Currently, I'm a Master's student in Politics and Communication at the University of Helsinki, specializing in media and democracy. I hold a Bachelor's degree with a minor in Journalism, and in addition to Jura, I write for The European Correspondent."


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Last news by Astrid SÖDERSTRÖM

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Synchro Tour’s new competition format offered two evening spectacles to Finnish audiences

Finnish synchro audiences got to enjoy two full evenings of skating, cheerleading, and other entertainment when Synchro Tour’s new evening competition format took place at the Helsinki Ice Hall. The first, short program competition was on Wednesday, November 22nd, and the second, free program competition on Monday, November 27th. The competitions started at an unusual time, at 6 pm on a weekday, to create an interesting yet compact experience.

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From inauguration to end-of-the-season hockey games, these are the annual traditions of ISU Senior teams

In this article, we discuss skating traditions from the welcoming of new team members to annual team hangouts and competition superstitions. We asked for skaters input and got answers from 15 different ISU Senior teams from Montreal to Milan.

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Helsinki Rockettes Strongest At Finlandia Trophy

Helsinki Rockettes started their season confidently and took the gold at Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland on Saturday evening.

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"A real closure" for Márti and Rita after 20 years of synchro skating

Márti Afonyi, 27, and Rita Farkas, 26, are two Hungarian synchronized skaters who finished their long careers in the country's national team, Team Passion, this year—for the second time. Originally quitting already in 2021, exhausted by the pandemic and new life changes, they both then decided to return for one more year for the 2022-2023 season which turned out to be a great Hungarian success story. In this interview, the girls reflect on their personal journey as well as their team's journey to the synchronized skating elite and share their biggest takeaways from the sport.