The trial to represent Finland at the next World Championships is always a hard battle and this year even harder because any of the three best teams can be left outside the competition. Just these days, Marigold Ice Unity, Rockettes and Team Unique are putting the finishing touches to their performances.
Marigold Ice Unity (MIU), Rockettes or Team Unique (TU)... Who has a chance to represent Finland? It’s a pretty hard question in fact. A few days before the Finnish national championships, we try here to explain you the situation.
According to the Finnish rules, the winner of the Nationals automatically deserves a place at Worlds. Who gets the other place, isn’t so simple. The teams get points on the basis of placing in the two qualifications and Nationals: the gold medalist gets 1 point, the silver medalist 2 points, etc. As the teams move away from the 1st place, the more points they get.
After two qualifications, this is the situation:
- Rockettes has 1 + 2 = 3 points
- MIU has 3 + 1 = 4 points
- Team Unique has 2 + 3 = 5 points
The team which get fewer points will be the other representative. If the teams finish with the same score, the team who has the better placement at Nationals is qualified.
As a conclusion, if Team Unique or Rockettes wins next weekend, the silver medalist (MIU for example) gets the other place.
But If MIU wins and Team Unique gets the silver medal, that isn´t enough for TU because in this situation, Rockettes gets 6 points and Team Unique 7 points and goes to Colorado with MIU.
If Rockettes wins and Team Unique comes second they will go because even having as many points as MIU (7) and their placement is better.
Last year and after getting the third place in both qualifications, Team Unique won the Nationals and surprised many of the prophets. This year, the teams are more even. The only thing which is sure is that the final result remain a secret until the very last seconds of the competition.
Finnish National Championships of Synchronized Skating will take place in Espoo 25.-26.2.2017 (official website only in Finnish)