Helsinki Rockettes Strongest At Finlandia Trophy
Helsinki Rockettes in their new short program. (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2023)
Helsinki Rockettes started their season confidently and took the gold at Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland on Saturday evening.
The invitational short program competition that opened the Finnish synchronized skating season was held at Espoo together with an international figure skating competition featuring other disciplines. All teams, who competed with short programs only, were looking strong at this point of the season.
Marigold IceUnity (FIN), a team known for their versatility, served something new again with a “Some Like It Hot” short program, taking inspiration from a Broadway musical with the same name. They stood out with their bright, flaming red dresses, up-beat music and a jazzy choreography. Making no visible mistakes, they scored 69.22 points in total and ended up with the second-brightest medal tonight.
Another team to skate clean was Team Unique (FIN), who opened the competition. Their new short program, “Let it be”, earned them 67.40 points and the bronze medal. Dressed in black and green, they skated energetically and with precision, having innovative tricks throughout the program. With only a minor mistake in the no-hold elements, they were deservingly happy after the skate.
Lumineers (FIN) came fifth with 52.00 points. They showcased their theme “The Invisible Child”, a children’s story by the Finnish author Tove Janson. Unfortunately, today the story had two falls, one going into the move elements and one in the intersection, and some stumbling in the twizzles. After trying out the Elite 12 series last year, they’re back to challenging the three other Finnish teams this season.
Another competition, Shanghai Trophy, was also held this week. The next international competition will be Riga Amber Cup in Latvia, in December. Before that, the four Finnish teams will go head-to-head again and show their free programs in the Finnish First Qualifications in one month.