Finland: three gold national medals in the same club


In the Advanced Novice (group 2), Finettes surpassed the 80-point mark for their free program. (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2021)

The competition was tough on Sunday night. The three gold medal teams finally came from the same club - Helsingin Taitoluisteluklubi - with the victories of the Helsinki Rockettes, Team Fintastic and Finettes.

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A dark program theme rewarded
"Yesterday we skated a strong and calm program," wrote the Finettes team after their performance. With three level 4 elements and a technical score of over 36 points, the team coached by Laura Spiridovitsh has much to be proud of.

With a total of 81.16 points, the Finettes win gold. This is the second consecutive victory for this team from Helsinki that trains more than 15 hours a week. The Finettes skate this season on "The diary of a young girl" telling the story of Anne Frank during World War II.

As it was already the case for the first group of Novices on Saturday, the competition was exciting. Despite two deduction points, Starlights finished with 74.40 points following their program "Desert spirits". Kaarina's Diamond Edges totalled 70.02 points, ensuring 3rd place. 

Ten teams in total skated in this category with colourful programs.

A surprise new silver medalist
Thirteen teams competed in the ISU Juniors.

Team Fintastic was able to keep the first place they already got after the short program on Saturday. With 181.74 points, the team convinced the judges with their performance "Brand new soul". This is also incredible revenge for this team who finished 5th in the last qualifications a month ago. 

Sunday was also the day of Team Mystique! The skaters from Helsinki delivered a great performance, moving up from 4th to 2nd place. The program "The Trickery game" was harmonious and allowed the team to finish the weekend with 171.98 points. 

Team Mystique skated with great speed. (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2021)

Third after the short programs, Valley Bay Synchro maintained its bronze medal after the free programs. However, the team finished just a few tenths away from the silver title.

Dream Edges Junior did not manage to maintain its place on the podium. Second after the short program, the skaters finally finished 4th with 168.09 points.

The Musketeers team took the public on their magical "flying carpet" and put out an excellent performance on Sunday in Espoo. With a total of 165.97, they finished 4th in the free program and 5th overall. 

All thirteen Junior teams that competed achieved scores above 105 points. Reflections (10th) and Team Estreija (11th) finished 0.9 points apart.

Musketeers - "Magic Carpet" (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2021)

Helsinki Rockettes break the record
The spectators got louder as the Senior teams arrived. The five national teams appeared to the audience and judges in good shape and competitive energy. 

Skating their "Digital Twin" program, the Helsinki Rockettes blew away the scores of the evening. Second after the short programs, Kaisa Arrateig's team received 143.74 points on Sunday, giving them a total of 216.76 points... the highest score achieved in Finland so far this season!

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But Team Unique put out a good fight. Indeed, the team made big changes to their program in the last few days and ultimately couldn't train it much. But the fans can rest assured, the program "A Star is Born" is still there but in a somewhat different version. Team Unique finishes the weekend with 207.83 points.

Marigold IceUnity kept its third place after its free program "From Darkness to Light". MIU did some lovely intersections and a flawless program in yellow and black. The beginning of the performance and its first element with creative circles is always particularly elegant.

Dream Edges Senior - "Romance" (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2021)

The new Dream Edges Senior team finished in fourth place with 197.34 points. Early in the program, a fall occurred in the Twizzle Element but did not weigh heavily on the technical score. The team once again managed to take the audience into a beautiful "Romance", transmitting solid emotions in the process.

The Lumineers closed the weekend in 5th place with 187.71 points after their program "Chernobyl". More nostalgic, the end of the program was particularly well done with a beautiful Pair Element. 

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Results - TOP 3

Finnish second qualifications 2021
Espoo (FIN)
DEC 11, 2021 - DEC 12, 2021

Novice A
TEAM Score
1Team Dynamique (FIN)79.47
2Valley Bay Synchronics (FIN)68.31
3CrystalBlades (FIN)68.10

TEAM Score
1Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)216.76
2Team Unique (FIN)207.83
3Marigold IceUnity (FIN)205.99

TEAM Score
1Team Fintastic (FIN)181.74
2Team Mystique (FIN)171.98
3Valley Bay Synchro (FIN)171.52

TEAM Score
1Finettes (FIN)81.16
2Starlights (FIN)74.40
3Diamond Edges (FIN)70.02