Team Unique

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Team Unique
Team Unique Cup of Berlin 2013.jpeg
Team Unique at the 2013 Cup of Berlin.
Team information
Country represented  Finland
Formed 1993
Home town Helsinki, Finland
Coach Mirjami Penttinen
Choreographer Lilli Helpi
Skating club Helsingfors Skridskoklubb
Level Senior
World standing 4 (As of 16 October 2014)[1]
Season's bests 5 (2013–14)
1 (2012–13)
7 (2011–12)
3 (2010–11)
6 (2009–10)
2 (2008–09)
3 (2007–08)
3 (2006–07)
10 (2005–06)
ISU team best scores
Combined total 220.28
2009 Worlds
Short program 82.36
2009 Worlds
Free skate 139.84
2014 French Cup

Team Unique are a senior-level synchronized skating team from Helsinki, Finland, representing the figure skating club Helsingfors Skridskoklubb (HSK). Established in 1993 and competing at the senior level since 1996, Team Unique are the 2013 world champions, 2009 world silver medalists and the 2013 Finnish champions. Currently, they are ranked fourth in the world by the International Skating Union.[1] The team's home club, HSK, is also the home club to the junior team Team Mystique.

History[edit]

Team Unique were established in 1993 and have competed at the senior level since 1996. Until the 2008–09 season, they stood out from the other Finnish top senior teams by having a few male skaters.[2][3] Head-coached by Mirjami Penttinen since 2000, the team have a long history from the early 2000s of placing third behind Marigold IceUnity and Rockettes at the two Finnish Championships Qualifiers and Finnish Championships.

By placing second or first at the national competitions and so beating Rockettes, Team Unique qualified as Team Finland 2 to the World Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2007, placing sixth, fourth[4] and fifth, respectively, and in 2009, earning silver.[5][6] The 2012–13 season was, however, historical for the team in terms of competitive results – before winning the 2013 World Championships,[7] they won Finlandia Trophy,[8] the Cup of Berlin,[9] the French Cup,[10] the Second Finnish Championships Qualifier[11] and the Finnish Championships.[12][13][14] Team Unique's success continued abroad through the 2013–14 season as they won Finlandia Trophy and Leon Lurje Trophy and took their fourth straight victory at the French Cup.[15][16] However, they placed second at both the national Qualifiers and third at the Finnish Championships, and consequently, did not qualify for the 2014 World Championships, under the season's coefficients on the three national competitions.[17][18][19][20]

Competitive results (1998–2008)[edit]

National
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
1st Finnish Championships
Qualifier
2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd
[21] [22] [23] [24] [25]
2nd Finnish Championships
Qualifier
3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd
[26] [27] [28] [29]
Finnish Championships 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd
[30] [30] [31] [30] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37]
International
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
World Championships (no competition
held)
DNQ DNQ 6th 4th DNQ DNQ DNQ 5th DNQ
[38] [4] [39]
Cup of Berlin 3rd
[40]
Finlandia Cup 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd
[41] [42] [43] [44]
French Cup 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd
[45] [46] [46] [46] [46] [46] [46] [46]
Prague Cup 2nd 2nd
[47] [48]
DNQ = did not qualify

Competitive results (2008–15)[edit]

National
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
1st Finnish Championships
Qualifier
1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd
[49] [50] [51] [52] [53] [17] [54]
2nd Finnish Championships
Qualifier
2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd
[55] [56] [57] [58] [11] [18] [59]
Finnish Championships 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd
[60] [61] [62] [63] [12] [19]
International
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
World Championships 2nd DNQ DNQ DNQ 1st DNQ
[6] [7]
Cup of Berlin 1st
[9]
Finlandia Cup 3rd
[64]
Finlandia Trophy 1st 1st 3rd
[8] [65] [66]
French Cup 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
[46] [67] [68] [69] [10] [15]
Leon Lurje Trophy 1st
[16]
Mozart Cup 4th
[70]
Prague Cup 2nd
[71]
DNQ = did not qualify

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2013–14
[72]
  • Wild and Free
2012–13
[7][73]

Media appearances[edit]

Team Unique performed on the season one of the Finnish Dancing on Ice on 2 November 2013.[74] They also appeared as background skaters in the December 2013 music video for "Selvästi päihtynyt" by Finnish pop singer Jenni Vartiainen.[75]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Note: Click "Historia".
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  6. ^ a b The first site shows the official 2009 results, the second site is Yle's news:
  7. ^ a b c The first site shows the official 2013 results, the second deals with the music to the 2012–13 programs:
  8. ^ a b
  9. ^ a b The first site shows the official 2013 Cup of Berlin results, the second is Yle's news:
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  72. ^ "OHJELMAT/PROGRAMS". Team Unique. Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  73. ^ "Team Unique" (in Finnish). Helsingfors Skridskoklubb. Archived from the original on 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  74. ^ "LIVE 6: Taattua Halloween-meininkiä: Reckless Love, olkaa hyvät!" (in Finnish). Nelonen. 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  75. ^ "Jenni Vartiainen - Selvästi päihtynyt (Virallinen musiikkivideo)" (in Finnish). Warner Music Finland. 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 

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