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2013 World Championships Quick Links

ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
April 3-6, 2013
Boston, MA, USA

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Synchro in the media – what?!

Maybe I’ve just noticed it more because I was involved with the Skate Canada Synchronized Championships taking place last week in Calgary, my sometimes-hometown, and was on the look-out for media coverage. Or maybe this is all a dream. OR, maybe synchro is finally getting some of the R-E-S-P-E-C-T it deserves in the media, indicated in particular by the appearance of this very well-written article about our beloved sport in the high-profile New York Times yesterday: A Move to the Front Line.

Don’t question it. Let’s just appreciate it.

Here are some of the other pieces I came across last week about the Canadian Championships:

And before the die-hards among us start to nit-pick some of the inaccuracies scattered throughout, I think it’s fair to say that as the sport has improved, so had the media coverage. I think each of these pieces shows synchro in a great light overall, and introduces the general public to it in a way that enhances its appeal as a bona-fide athletic endeavour.

The future looks bright, folks.

Videos from the 2012 World Championships

If you missed seeing last weekend’s World Championships live from Gothenburg, you can see some of the performances online. I’ll add more links as they surface.

[ADDED April 19: CAN2 short and free and USA1 short.]

[ADDED April 20: USA2 short and free, GER short and free.]

[ADDED April 23: FRA, HUN, JPN short and free, RUS1 free, and new versions of SWE1 free, RUS1 short, and GER short and free.]

Team Sweden 1 reclaims top step of World podium

USA1 (Haydenettes) were the only repeat medalists from 2011 at the conclusion of the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships today, while SWE1 (Team Surprise) and CAN1 (Nexxice) reclaimed World podium spots after missing out on medals in 2010 and 2011. SWE1, CAN1, and USA1 finished first, second, and third respectively while the Finnish teams were shut out of the medals for only the second time in history. The last time that happened was in 2007, which is also the last time Team Surprise were World Champions. That year, USA (Miami University) and CAN (Nexxice) also rounded out the podium. Team Surprise’s gold in Gothenburg marks the second time they’ve won at home, and is their sixth World Championship title.

After surprising even themselves by winning the short program yesterday, an excess interruption fall in the free took RUS1 (Paradise) out of medal contention. And while FIN2 (defending champions, Rockettes) rebounded from a sixth place skate yesterday to win the free today, it wasn’t enough to land them a spot on the podium. (more…)