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2018 Finlandia Trophy Live Stream

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.

2018-19 GOE and Program Component Guidelines

The ISU has published Communication 2190, which outlines new GOE and Program Component Guidelines. This is an especially important document this year, due to the change from a -3 to +3 scale to a -5 to +5 scale. This Communication replaces 2095 from last season. Here are the highlights. (more…)

New and Updated Synchronized Skating Rules

The ISU has released several Communications pertinent to synchronized skating in the past few weeks. At this time of year, revisions are published as quickly as new documents come out, so visit the ISU website often. You can avoid costly mistakes by ensuring you are following the most current set of rules as you design and refine your choreography.

Technical Requirements

Communication 2182 replaces 2159. This document explains all the things you need to do to get credit for the various difficulty levels. Think of it like a checklist of the requirements you need to meet to get a level called. (more…)

2018-19 Scale of Values for Synchronized Skating

The ISU has published the 2018-19 Scale of Values in Communication 2170. This replaces Communication 2116 from last season. Most interestingly, it gives us our first look at the -5 to +5 GOE points scale. More specific details about the new GOE criteria will be released this summer, but in the meantime, this scale can be used to help decide which difficulty levels to attempt by comparing base values.

For instance, take a look at Intersection Level 5 on page 3. All of these combinations will have the exact same base value (5.50 points): (more…)