The most awaited competition of the season started in Stockholm
The Finnish teams (here Marigold IceUnity) received the support of their fans who made the trip to Stockholm. / Credits: Janne Koistinen
The World Synchronized Skating Championships 2018 in Stockholm started with excitement and varying short programs of 25 participating teams from 20 countries. The Ericsson Globe Arena was full of spurring groups in the audience, especially from Finland.
The winner of the day was as expected Team Paradise (RUS 1). They skated their Exogenesis by Muse music smoothly and with strong confidence. Their performance was essentially free of mistakes and they earned 76.05 points.
The “Little silver medal” went to Team Surprise (SWE 1). The team has been strong during the current season. After a few years of absence from the absolute top teams, they returned to the spotlight in front of their home audience. They took it all program got 72.83 points.
The third best scores 72.61 went to Team Marigold Ice Unity (FIN 1) for a solid and controlled performance. Skating to the music of a traditional and melancholic Finnish song “Under The Northern Star” they exited the Finnish audience.
The last team out in the short program´s competition Team Haydenettes (USA 1) scored the fourth highest points 71.22. They skated with great rhythm and power to the music "Prophesy".
After skating an energetic short program we are sitting in 4th place! We had so much fun skating tonight and hearing the crowd roar. We can’t wait to get back out on the ice tomorrow for our “Underground Nightlife” long program. We skate at 6:13pm local time (12:13pm EST). Live streams are available on icenetwork and the link in our bio. GO USA! 🇺🇸✨ #haydenettes #mkdynasty
Team Unique (FIN 2) was first out on the ice of the block of the strong teams based on the performance during the season. Albeit a solid and emotional performance their skating did not live up to their expectations. Their program Nocturne scored 71.20 points that left the team in the fifth position after the short program.
Team Les Suprêmes (CAN 2) was one of the performers of the day by ending in sixth place with their vivid program skated in samba-style music. They earned 70.64 points and beat Team Nexxice (CAN 1) which scored 69.91 points.
The competition will continue on Saturday with the free programs. Based on the results of the short program Team Paradise is the definitive favorite to win the World Championship. However, the battle for the podium is extremely tight with six to seven teams still having the possibility to win a medal.