The 2012 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, hosted by the Swedish Figure Skating Association, begin April 12 in Goteborg, Sweden. Representing the U.S. are the Haydenettes of Lexington, Mass. (Team USA 1) and the Crystallettes of Dearborn, Mich. (Team USA 2) who placed first and second respectively at the 2012 U.S. National Championships in Worcester, Mass. Two U.S. teams are eligible to compete at the World Championships because the U.S. was one of the top five ISU Members in 2011 (FIN, USA, SWE, CAN, RUS). Team USA will face competition from 19 teams representing 15 countries.
The World Championships will be the third international competition of the season for the Haydenettes and the Crystallettes. Both teams competed at SynchroFest in London, Ontario Dec. 27-29 and the Neuchatel Trophy in Neuchatel, Switzerland Jan. 10-11. Team USA looks to improve on last year’s placements of third and 10th.
The 20 time U.S. National Champions, the Haydenettes, beat the reigning World Champions, the Rockettes (Team Finland 2) earlier this season at SynchroFest placing second overall to Nexxice (Team Canada 1). Though the Crystallettes placed sixth at the event, they placed fifth in the long program just ahead of Les Supremes (Team Canada 2). The Crystallettes previously beat Les Supremes in the short program at the Dr. Richard Porter Classic and later beat the Haydenettes at the Neuchatel Trophy.
The 2011 world silver medalists, Marigold IceUnity (Team Finland 1) bested both Nexxice and the Rockettes with a score of 187.68 at the Mozart Cup. Marigold also beat Paradise (Team Russia 1) and Les Supremes at the French Cup, placing behind Team Unique, a Finnish team that did not qualify for the World Championships, proving how competitive synchronized skating is in Finland. Team Surprise (Team Sweden 1) led the Spring Cup with a score of 180.77, followed by Tatarstan (Team Russia 2) and Boomerang (Team Sweden 2). Latvia is the only new country entered in this year’s championship.