The 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships were held in Hamilton, ON, Canada April 10-11. Twenty-five teams, each with sixteen skaters plus up to four alternates, competed.
Nexxice (Canada 1), from Burlington, ON, Canada, won the SP. Their FP routine to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” earned Level4 for six elements and placed 2nd with 143.67 points.
After the Canadians skated, they anxiously waited for both the Finnish teams and Sweden1 to perform. In the end, Nexxice won the nail-biter by a slim .67 points and a total 214.73 score.
The three-time World silver medalists and nine-time consecutive Canadian champions are the only North American team to win the world Synchro championships, and they did it twice – first in 2009 and again in 2015 in Hamilton before 8,000 cheering appreciative Canadian fans.
‘’It was incredible; the crowd showed us so much love,’’ said Laura Désilets. ‘’We didn’t feel any added pressure being in Canada. We were pleased with both our programs, and we achieved our goals for this season.’’
Marigold Ice (Finland 1) skated a strong FP performance to “Images of War” that included five Level4 elements. The four-time and reigning World champions from Helsinki also scored 143.67 points. They won the FP over Nexxice because of a higher component mark and earned the silver medal with 214.06 total points.
Paradise, (Russia 1) vaulted from 5th place in the SP to a podium bronze medal with a five element Level4 skate to “Polovetsian Dances”. The St. Petersburg team scored 137.23 points for their FP. The 203.48 total points earned Russia its first World Synchro senior medal.
- Synchronized skating started in the United States, but is now dominated by two Scandinavian countries – Finland and Sweden.
- The inaugural ISU Synchronized World Championships’ event was held in 2000.
- The countries that have earned the gold medals are: Finland (8), Sweden (6), and Canada (2).
- Synchronized skating uses the International Judging System (IJS).
- Only the top five finishers are allotted a second team at the following Worlds. In 2016, that includes: Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
- The US teams finished 7th and 8th and will send only one team in 2016.
- The IOC’s decision to include Synchronized Skating as an Olympic sport is pending a June vote.