Senior teams in Finland are staying focused on their training
Team Unique, Helsinki Rockettes, Lumineers and Marigold IceUnity are preparing for an "exceptional season". (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2020)
If we look at the Finnish teams, it seems that everything has been back to normal. No masks in training, no social distancing... but the four Senior ISU teams remain cautious and take nothing for granted, especially for international events. Let's take stock of their preparation!
All the four ISU teams are doing great, staying focused on their training and "living one day at a time" as Marigold IceUnity said.
The Finnish started to skate again in May when the ice rinks reopened. In the beginning, most of the teams have been training in small groups of 4-8 skaters and by keeping the 1 meter safe distance to each other. Ice training all together (with the possibility of holding) was allowed from July.
"During this time, we learned a lot about responsibility as individual athletes. Of course, it was quite the emotional journey as well to have the Worlds cancelled and skating cut from our everyday lives entirely. But we really took it as a chance to grow and find new ways to stay positive and motivated. We were very lucky to get back on ice so early!", Team Unique added.
The Helsinki Rockettes will have a record this year with 27 skaters in the team and 8 of them are new skaters from their Junior Team Fintastic that is the 2020 Junior World Champion. The team captains are Nona Vihma and Rebecca Leppälahti (called Becca).
22 skaters are in the team Lumineers for the upcoming season of which seven are new skaters. Lumineers will have three team captains this season: Emi and Antonia who have been skating for 4 seasons in the team, and Milja who is starting her 2nd season in Lumineers.
Marigold IceUnity has 20 skaters in the team this season with 5 new team members which came from their Junior team Musketeers. This season’s captain is Amanda Laaksola and the assistant captains are Sara Vierelä and Tessa Tamminen.
The new programs
For Team Unique also, the programs are ready. "Now it’s time to work on the details and routine. Just repeating, repeating and repeating all the elements a hundred times," said the team. Same situation for Lumineers: "We are focusing now on the technical parts, choreography and fine-tuning details."
Lumineers will try to attend the national-level competitions in Finland and international competitions if the situation allows the Finnish athletes to travel. "We are excited for the competition season to start, even though it is going to be an exceptional season for everyone. We hope we will find a way to organize competitions in spite of the COVID-19 situation and we can't wait to perform our programs! We especially hope that the Worlds will be held since our main goal of the season is to compete there," said Antonia from Lumineers.
"We are not going to take any unnecessary risks"
"We’re still waiting for the international competition guidelines from the Finnish Figure Skating Association," explained Team Unique. Helsinki Rockettes said that the team is "super excited" about the upcoming season even though the COVID situation. "We are looking forward to skating and competing in front of the judges, family, friends and fans. There is always a special feeling stepping on the ice in those moments."