Ending the competition with a nearly flawless skate, Team Unique from Finland clinched first place at the 2013 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships Saturday night with a total score of 208.77.
Skating to music from Living Proof in pink and black dresses, the team began its program with the song “Amazing Grace”. It had finished in fourth place in the short program Friday night, and the girls knew they had to skate almost perfectly to overcome the three teams above them. They executed a level four lift element in the start of the program and before skating into a speedy spiral sequence. Other highlights included an intricate level four circle step sequence and a well choreographed no hold block. The team did not compete at worlds last year and surprised most with its strong skates at the competition.
Nexxice, Canada 1, took second place by just a small margin. The team earned a total of 208.25 points. It placed first in the short program Friday night and skated a clean long program. But the team’s technical score for the long fell several points below that of Team Unique though the teams’ program component scores were nearly compatible. Skating smoothly and with speed throughout the four and a half minute program, the team completed a level four line sequence and a well executed lift element.
The Haydenettes, Team USA 1, earned third place overall, but placed fourth in the long program. The team skated to Rhianna in the short program and placed second. It was less than a point away from Nexxice. But its long program score of 130.66 was not enough to move them up the ladder. The team enjoyed a home ice advantage and fed off the crowd’s enthusiasm. Skating to Dirty Dancing Havana Nights, it executed all level four elements. Highlights included a strong spiral sequence and no hold block. The total score for the team was 202.53.
Miami University, Team USA 2, earned 8th place, a two-placement advance from the short program. The team skated a clean, fast long program to flapper music and earned a total score of 172.01.
Marigold Ice Unity, Team Finland 2, coached by infamous choreographer Anu Oksanen, skated to a chess theme in black and white dresses and earned a total score of 201.00
Other exciting performances from the evening included a performance to Beyonce music from Team Sweden 2. The team began very strong but had a few bobbles and one fall throughout the program’s entirety. More than two teams skated their long program to music from Rio. Several used the same cut of music. Teams that placed 10-12, Team Germany, Team Russia 2, and Team Italy, fell within three points of each other. The biggest jump in scores was between Team Italy, which earned a score of 150.16 and placed 12th, and Team France, which earned a score of 124.92 and placed 13th.
Congratulations to all the teams that competed.