According to the captain of the team, Helsinki Rockettes’ starting points for the SC competitions to be skated in two weeks are very good.
Helsinki The Rockettes skated to victory in the Marie Lundmark Trophy competition, part of the Challenger series of formation skating, which ended on Sunday. Even on Saturday, the reigning world champion Canadian Les Supremes led the competition.
“We really couldn’t have done better, we were even braver and stronger than yesterday”, Rockettes captain Eveliina Tikkinen praised after the race.
The short program of the second Finnish team in the competition, Team Unique, which included two falls, was enough for fourth place on Saturday, but after Sunday’s successful free program, the team rose to third place.
“We were still thinking on Friday if we would even be able to participate in this race when the team was in such a situation”, the captain of Team Unique Tuulia Niittuinperä told.
“Two skaters took over completely new places, which makes us extremely proud, especially of these two skaters.”
On the weekend the race held was the teams’ last before Turku on February 24-25. ice skating championships. The value of the SC competitions is great, as the winner is guaranteed a direct representation at the WC competitions to be held in Zagreb at the beginning of April.
“You can still make a little fine-tuning to feel, speed and accuracy,” Tikkinen shed light on the Rockettes’ preparation.
“After such a successful, good-feeling race, you can go to the WC with a good mood”, the Rockettes’ assistant captain Roosa Latvala stated.
The second Finnish team going to the World Championships is the team with the highest average of the three best overall results.
Helsinki Rockettes has an average of 222.02, Team Unique has 221.95 and Marigold IceUnity has 218.32.
“For the next two weeks, we will train hard. This weekend showed that we can do anything as a team”, Niittuinperä swore on behalf of Team Unique.
in SM juniors Valley Bay Synchro, representing Espoo’s Jäätaiturei, got a celebration when it earned a place as the best Finnish team in the Junior World Championships.
The team was successful in its free program and came second in the competition over Team Fintastic of the Helsinki Figure Skating Club. Canada’s Les Suprêmes Junior won.
of the Valley Bay Synchro coaching staff Jenni Rahko, Anna Karjalainen and Henriikka Latva were proud of their proteges.
“The feelings are absolutely amazing. The team was able to perform wonderfully in a tight spot. It feels like many years of hard work culminated in this first World Championship place in the team’s history”, Rahko summed up after the competition.
Team Fintastic is Finland’s second representative with the highest average of the three best overall results.
The Junior World Championships will be held on the 15th–16th. March in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Correction February 12, 2024 at 8:14 a.m.: Corrected the name of Rockettes captain Eveliina Tikkinen. Earlier, Tikkinen was mistakenly Tikkanen in the story.
Correction 12.2.2024 at 10:14: Valley Bay Synchro was second in the race, did not win the race as the text initially read incorrectly.