By Erin Banco
The 2011 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships will commence next week in Helsinki, Finland. The Haydenettes and Miami University Senior Varsity Team will compete against 21 teams from 16 countries.
This year marks the eleven-year anniversary of the world championships for senior. Team USA 1, the Haydenettes, placed fifth at the 2000 competition, which was held in Minneapolis, Minn. and Team USA 2, Team Elan, finished eighth. But Team USA has consistently placed higher over the years and Miami University earned USA’s first world medal, a silver medal, in 2007.
To see a bigger format of the picture below click here: A Look at the Past Decade of Senior U.S. Synchronized Skating
Last year The Haydenettes placed third at worlds and earned their first world medal. The Haydenettes placed first at every U.S. competition this season, including nationals, where they beat Miami University by more than 22 points. The Haydenettes now have 19 national titles. They received a score of 217.41, a higher mark than their overall score from worlds last year.
Miami University, who did not qualify for worlds last year, earned their ticket to Finland after a stellar performance at nationals. The team received an overall score of 195.50, 16 points ahead of the 2010 world team, The Crystallettes. 2009 marked the last time the team competed at worlds. They placed seventh with a score of 188.42.
The Haydenettes will look to capture another medal at this year’s competition, but will have to compete against the favored Rockettes from Finland who placed first at last year’s competition. Marigold Ice Unity, the second team to qualify from Finland and the team who placed second last year, will also be in the running for a top spot.
The Haydenettes competed against Marigold Ice Unity at the Mozart Cup in January where they placed second to MIU with a total of 120.37. MIU earned 122.32 points. However, the Haydenettes technical mark in the free skate was significantly higher than MIU’s. The team earned 58.95 for their technical mark, over 2 points above MIU.
But MIU earned higher component marks than the Haydenettes. They received marks in the upper 8s and low 9s, their highest score coming from their interpretation section. They received a combined component score of 66.55. The Haydenettes earned a component score of 63.42, their highest score coming from their choreography section. You can refer to the competition’s protocols here.
The Rockettes and Marigold Ice Unity have consistently earned high component marks. The Rockettes earned high component marks in their free skate when they competed at the Cup of Berlin. They received a score of 69.73, a higher score than both The Haydenettes and MIU.
Miami University competed at the Spring Cup this year and placed third behind Team Surprise and Tatarstan. They received a total score of 107.86 in their free skate. Team Surprise received high technical and component marks at the competition. They will also be looking to place on the podium at worlds this year.
To see a bigger format of the picture below click here: Top 15 Most Consistant U.S. Synchronized Skating Organizations in the Past Decade
*Please Note: This chart displays the success of organizations over the past ten years. Many organizations have had coaching changes or switched home clubs, which is not reflected on the chart. For additional information on the current coaching staff and home clubs please visit each organization’s individual website.
Things to look for
-MIU’s component marks: MIU consistently has intricate and aesthetically pleasing programs. Last year the team performed a crowd-pleasing free skate to Les Miserables. This year the team will skate their short program to “Be Italian” from the movie “Nine.” They will skate their long program to “The Pirate Queen.” From their website: “The Pirate Queen” is “The real-life story of legendary Irish chieftain Grace O’Malley, The Pirate Queen. This adventure tells of a compelling, inspiring woman: a heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th Century Ireland. Her quest to protect her people – and save her one true love – embarks her on a thrilling voyage towards her dreams that eventually come true.”
-Team Surprise of Sweden: Team Surprise did not place as well last year as in the past, but their scores this year have been strong.
-Canada-Canadian teams did not make it onto the podium last year, but they have been on the podium several times in the past (see previous results from worlds below).