By Leah Winn
This weekend the best synchronized skating teams from all over the world will compete at the 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Canada. There will be 25 teams competing, representing nearly 20 different countries. The United States will be represented by the Haydenettes (Team USA 1) of the Hayden Recreation Center in Lexington, Mass. and Miami University (Team USA 2) of Oxford, Ohio. The competition will begin with the short program at 6 p.m. EST on Friday.
The Haydenettes and Miami University qualified for the world championships at nationals in February. The Haydenettes came in first with a total score of 210.55 and Miami University placed second with 194.70 points.
Last year the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championship was held in Courmayeur, Italy. Team Finland 1 won the gold medal with a total score of 223.45. Team Canada 1 came in second with 220.88 points and Team Finland 2 came in third with a total score of 220.66. Team USA 1 (Haydenettes) placed seventh at the competition with a total score of 196.90 and Team USA 2 (Crystallettes) placed 11th scoring 166.96 points. Miami University did not compete in last year’s competition.
Team Finland has a history of coming out on top and will be the country to beat this year. A Finnish team won gold medals at the 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 world championships. The only team to break the Finnish five-year streak has been Team Sweden 1 (Team Surprise), which won in 2012.
According to the ISU World Standings for Synchronized Skating, Marigold Ice Unity (Team Finland 1) currently sits in the top spot with a total of 2,792 points from its selected international competitions, Nexxice (Team Canada 1) is in second with 2,574 points, Team Surprise (Team Sweden 1) is in third with 2,263 points, and Team Paradise (Team Russia 1) is in fourth with 2,262 points.
Skating in front of a home crowd, Team Canada 1 will be looking to claim gold this year. Team Canada 1 (Nexxice) currently has the highest combined score at an international competition with 208.81, which it earned at the Spring Cup in February. Team Finland 1 (Marigold Ice Unity) sits right behind the team with a score of 208.24, which it earned at the French Cup in January. Other teams to watch include Team Sweden 1 (Team Surprise), Team Finland 2 (Rockettes), Team Russia 1 (Paradise), Team Canada 2 (Les Supremes), and Team USA 1 (Haydenettes). All of the teams will look to get onto the podium.
Below is a detailed list of each participating teams international record for the season.
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According to the ISU World Synchronized Skating website, the event will be live streamed at cbcsports.ca. The event is also streamed through Ice Network, with a membership fee.
Information for the event can be found on the Skate Canada webpage.
|Team||Cup of Berlin (Berlin, Germany)||Leon Lurje Trophy (Gothenburg, Sweden)||Mozart Cup (Salzburg, Austria)||French Cup (Rouen, France)||Trophy D’Ecosse (Dumfies, Great Britain)||Spring Cup (Milan, Italy)|
|Belgium (Temptation)||11th – 60.32|
|Canada 1 (Nexxice)||1st – 202.69||1st – 208.81|
|Canada 2 (Les Supremes)||1st – 189.13||5th – 188.84|
|Croatia (Zagreb Snowflakes)||11th – 93.15|
|Czech Republic (Olympia)||8th – 114.67|
|Finland 1 (Marigold Ice Unity)||1st – 203.46||1st – 208.24|
|Finland 2 (Rockettes)||2nd – 189.00||2nd – 202.20|
|France (Zoulous)||10th – 119.04|
|Germany (Berlin 1)||3rd – 161.03||5th – 158.72||5th – 171.02|
|Great Britain (Spirit)||16th – 75.56||2nd – 88.25|
|Hungary||10th – 101.22||8th – 102.10|
|Italy (Hot Shivers)||7th – 133.13||6th – 147.25|
|Japan (Jingu Ice Messengers Grace)||11th – 118.36|
|Mexico (Merging Edge)|
|Russia 1 (Paradise)||4th – 189.78|
|Russia 2 (Tatarstan)||4th – 178.39|
|Spain (Fusion)||15th – 84.50|
|Sweden 1 (Surprise)||1st – 177.63||2nd – 200.51|
|Sweden 2 (Boomerang)||2nd – 154.07||7th – 151.76|
|Switzerland (Cool Dreams)||6th – 113.55||12th – 112.24||7th – 121.52|
|Turkey (Turquoise)||4th – 67.66|
|USA 1 (Haydenettes)||6th – 180.60||3rd – 195.77|
|USA 2 (Miami University)||3rd – 169.24|