The Finlandia Trophy has become a key milestone for international synchronized skating in recent years. It’s where some of the top teams in the world debut their short programs, giving the rest of us our first glimpse at these elite teams’ creative execution of the season’s new rules.
You can watch a live stream of the competition, which begins today at 1:40 pm Eastern (11:40 am Central, 10:40 am Pacific).
This year’s competing teams are:
- Helsinki Rockettes – FIN
- Lumineers – FIN
- Marigold IceUnity – FIN
- Team Unique – FIN
- Crystal Ice – RUS
- Paradise – RUS
- Tatarstan – RUS
Results will be published here.
The ISU has updated the Scale of Values (Communication 2170) with new values for the Move Element. Changes are highlighted in yellow in the communication.
The Scale of Values should be an important tool in your choreographic strategy. Learn more about how to use this document here.
The new edition of the Special Regulations & Technical Rules is now available. This document will be valid until 2020, when the next ISU Congress is held.
You can read more about what this rulebook is for in Part 2: Rules of my Demystifying the Judging System series.
This is the final instalment in a three-part series about Demystifying the Judging System. Read Part 1: Roles and Part 2: Rules.
Part 3: Report Cards
You’re in the Kiss and Cry after you skated. You’re jubilant after a season’s best performance, devastated after your worst performance ever, or somewhere in between. You’re huddled as a team, filled with anxiety, and at that moment, there are only two numbers in the world that matter: your total score, and your ranking.
At some point after the celebration or consolation, you’ll look at your team’s report card. Many coaches, skaters, parents, and fans have become well-versed at interpreting the wall of codes and numbers it displays. Many people just want to see the difficulty levels (“calls”), and give up on the rest because it looks confusing. If you’ve ever looked at a report card and thought, “What does this all mean?” keep reading. (more…)