Spectacular comebacks, creativity and bad surprises... There was a bit of everything. Ten international teams competed on Sunday at the Marie Lundmark Trophy in Finland. Summary of the free programs!
The third stage of the Challenger Series began on Saturday in a huge and beautiful ice rink. 17 teams skated at the Marie Lundmark Trophy, in Turku, Finland.
After Poland and the Netherlands, the third stage of the Challenger Series of synchronized skating will start on Saturday in the big Gatorade Center in Turku.
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.
Team Crystal Ice Junior won the first stage of the Challenger Series in Poland on Friday night, exceeding 200 points! The competition has also started for the Seniors: Team Tatarstan is in the lead, followed by Crystal Ice Senior and Dream Edges from Finland.
The competition was tough on Sunday night. The three gold medal teams finally came from the same club - Helsingin Taitoluisteluklubi - with the victories of the Helsinki Rockettes, Team Fintastic and Finettes.
The second qualification competition of Finnish synchro teams is taking place this weekend in Espoo. On Saturday, Seniors and Juniors competed with their short programs. Team Unique in Seniors and Team Fintastic in Juniors are leading the competition after the first day. The differences between the points of the top teams are small, so the free program competition will be fascinating.
About 40 synchro teams competed this weekend in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. After a year of waiting due to the Covid pandemic, the competitive atmosphere was there, and the skaters were eager to skate in front of an audience again.
The entire ice rink rejoiced along with the skaters when this competition with 39 teams was finally allowed to take place on Saturday. One of the happiest was Mirjami Penttinen, the coach of Team Unique (HSK) and Team Mystique (HSK): “I have secretly hoped for the last 21 years that both my teams would be winners in the same competition. Now it came true”. Team Finettes (HTK) won the Novice competition on Saturday. The second group of Novices will skate on Sunday.
The synchronized skating audience of Metro-Areena in Espoo, Finland, received a wonderful reward for their patience as six skilled teams presented their stunning short programs after a long break. This time, the best team was Team Paradise, from Russia, which opened this season’s winning scores with 75.39 points.
For the past few days, Dream Edges Senior has been concentrating especially on their short program. And for a good reason, this brand new Finnish team will make its debut this weekend at its first international competition.