Senior Worlds: here are the participating teams (2/2)


The event will take place on Friday and Saturday at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The 2022 World Championships are about to begin in Hamilton, Canada. Twenty-three senior teams from 19 different countries will present their programs this weekend. Get to know these teams before you see them on the ice (Part 2).

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Team Hungary
Team Passion has participated in all World Championships since 2008. The 14th place is the best result for this team coached by Erika Kendelenyi-Gulyas and Bettina Pava-Sarkozi. The Budapest team also has Andrea Dohany as choreographer. Team Passion will skate a short program to David Guetta and Skylar Grey's "Shot me down" and titles by Nathan Lanier for the free.

Rank in 2019: 14 

Team Passion, Hungary. (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2022)

Team Italy
Thanks to their 9th place win at the 2019 Helsinki Worlds, the Hot Shivers have allowed Italy to have two teams entered this year. The team from Milan coached by Andrea Gilardi will present a "tango" short program and a more emotional free program. This team, which has not participated in international events since the beginning of the pandemic, will be determined to step on the ice to present their work.

Rank in 2019: 9

Team Italy
The other Italian team is Team Ice on Fire from Trento. This team has improved tremendously in the last two years, to the point that they were crowned National Champions in 2021. Coached by Roberta Giuliani and Gabriele Minchio, Team Ice on Fire will make its first appearance at the World Championships this weekend with two very different performances: a short program to Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" and a free program to the music of the movie "The Mission". This season, Team Ice on Fire finished 4th at the Mozart Cup.

Rank in 2019: -

Team Japan
Training in Tokyo with coaches Tomoyo Sekiguchi and Yutaka Higuchi, Jingu Ice Messengers will represent Japan. This year, the team will skate to the theme of "Back to the Future" for the short program and the Avatar soundtrack for the free. The last time we saw this team compete internationally was in March 2022 at the Spring Cup in Italy, where the Japanese finished 8th. Their best result at the Worlds was in 2010 when the team finished 10th. 

Rank in 2019: 11

Team Netherlands
Team Ice United will participate this weekend in its 2nd World Championships. The last time was in 2016 in Hungary and the team finished 26th. This season, Feline van Kempen's team will skate a short program to "Through The Storm" by Tommee Profitt, Lorne Balfe and Hans Newman, and a free program to the song "African Beat" by Alex Boye, BYU Men's Chorus and Velile/Safri Duo. Team Ice United finished 6th at the French Cup and 5th at the Lumiere Cup this season.

Rank in 2019: -

Team Poland
Team Ice Fire from Gdansk will represent Poland. Coached by Agnieszka Filipowicz and Marcin Miedlarz, this young senior team was created last year and will thus participate in its very first World Championships and one of its first international competitions as well. Team Ice Fire will perform a tango for the short program ("Two to Tango" by Jo Blankenburg) and skate to "The Mass Extended" by ERA for the free.

Rank in 2019: -

Team Spain
Coached by Elvira Matveeva, a former Team Paradise skater, Team Fusion from Madrid, Spain will be competing in their 6th World Championships. Their best result was in 2017 in the USA where the team finished 18th. This year, the team will skate to "Dream On" by The Texas Tenors for the short program and will perform a flamenco in the free program. Team Fusion competed this season at the Neuchâtel Trophy and finished 7th.

Rank in 2019: - 

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Team Sweden
This year, Sweden is making a comeback at Worlds with Landvetter's new Team Inspire. Formed just before the pandemic, the team will unveil itself to the world with a short program to Derek Hough and Lindsey Stirling's "Kairos" and a more rhythmic free with Geri Halliwell's "It's Raining Men" among others. Of course, this will be their first World Championships! 

Rank in 2019: -

Team Switzerland
Arriving from Zurich, Switzerland, Starlight Elite had not competed in North America since 2010. The team's best result was a 10th place earned at Worlds in 2007. Coached by a new team of coaches (Eveliina Lundman, Laura Zenklusen and Anna Pfeifhofer) for the past few years, the Swiss champions will skate this weekend an emotional short program to "Unspoken" by Hurts and a free program called "Trapped in a Dream" in black dresses.

Rank in 2019: 19

Starlight Elite, Switzerland. (Ville Vairinen - 2022)

Team Turkey
Team Vizyon will skate under the colours of Turkey. The team from Ankara, which consists of 20 skaters this year, has not competed internationally since the pandemic but will take part in the Worlds for the 6th time. Its best score remains the 22nd place won three years ago in Finland. Their programs this season are called "Body Talks" and "Es-tu libre" ("Are You Free?").

Rank in 2019: 22

Team USA
The U.S. champions are sure to be a team to watch this weekend. Coached by Saga Krantz, the Haydenettes from Lexington, MA, already got multiple world bronze medals (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016) and look to get their foot on the World Championships podium once again. Since 2020, the team has not competed outside of the USA. So these Worlds will be a real comeback for them! The team will skate to "Sweet Dreams" (short program) and to "Hold On To Tomorrow" (free program).

Rank in 2019: 6

Team USA
The other U.S. team that qualified for the Worlds is Miami University from Oxford, OH. The team is coached by Carla DeGirolamo, Lee Ann Shoker and Kelley Morris-Adair. Miami University had not competed at Worlds since 2016 in Hungary, where they finished 9th. Remember, however, that in 2007 (so 15 years ago!), this team was a silver medalist at the Worlds in London, Canada. Will this country bring them luck again? We will see this weekend!

Rank in 2019: -

Results - TOP 3

ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2022
Hamilton (CAN)
APR 07, 2022 - APR 09, 2022

TEAM Score
1Les Suprêmes (CAN)236.31
2Marigold IceUnity (FIN)228.72
3Helsinki Rockettes (FIN)226.20