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2018 World Championships Videos

Medals were awarded today at the 2018 World Synchronized Skating Championships, marking the end of the 2017-18 season. Finland’s Marigold Ice Unity were crowned champions, winning their first gold medal since 2014. Skating in their home country, Sweden’s Team Surprise won the silver medal, reclaiming a spot on the podium after last medaling (gold) in 2012. Two-time defending champions Paradise, from Russia, fell from the top step but remained on the podium for the fourth year running, taking home the bronze medal. Full results are available here.

If you missed watching the live stream, you can find videos of all the short and free programs on the ISU Skating Channel. (In the USA, watch on Ice Network.) For ease of navigation, here are the groups. (more…)

Video: ISU Technical Committee Annual Meeting with Coaches

Earlier today, the ISU live-streamed their Synchronized Skating Technical Committee Annual Meeting with Coaches from the World Championships in Stockholm. The one key takeaway? There could be some big changes coming, pending approval of these proposals at Congress.  If you didn’t catch the live stream, you can still watch the approximately one-hour broadcast here (note that the audio doesn’t begin until 8:56):

 

Presentation topics included:

  • The number of skaters required for Championships
  • New penalties, including for falls and violating call to start rules
  • A renewed focus on encouraging skating as a team unit (not as 16 individuals)
  • Rules to discourage excessive posing and theatrics
  • New maximum program lengths
  • Overview of new and revised elements, with a focus on encouraging creativity
  • Overview of the new GOE range

This was an amazing opportunity for a worldwide audience to get early insight into upcoming changes. Thanks to the ISU for making this broadcast available!

2018 World Championships Quick Links

2018 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
April 6-7, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden

2018 World Junior Championships Quick Links

2018 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships
March 16-17, 2018
Zagreb, Croatia