ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

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The ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships (WSSC) are the world championships for the sport of synchronized skating. Held since 2000, the World Synchronized Skating Championships is an annual event organized by the International Skating Union and attracts the most elite senior-level synchronized skating teams from around the world to compete for the World Championship.

Since the beginning, the top positions have been mainly dominated by Sweden and Finland: the Swedish Team Surprise have won six World titles, four silver medals and one bronze medal and the Finnish Marigold IceUnity are four-time World Champions with four silver medals and two bronze medals. Rockettes from Finland have earned three World titles, two silver medals and three bronze medals. Other major teams include the Canadian NEXXICE with two World titles, three silvers and two bronzes, the Finnish Team Unique with one gold and one silver, as well as the American teams, Miami University and the Haydenettes with one silver and four bronze medals, respectively. Other medalists include the (now-discontinued) Canadian black ice with one silver medal and two bronze medals, the Canadian Les Suprêmes with one bronze medal and the 2015 bronze medalist, Paradise from Russia.

Although initially dominated by just a handful of teams and countries, the sport has arguably become more competitive over time; as supported by an analysis of the point 'gap' between the 1st and 10th placed teams. Starting from the 2005 WSSC (the first year the current ISU Judging System was introduced), the point 'gap' has tended to decrease over time:

WSSC (year) 1st vs. 10th place (∆ points)
2005 85.27 [1]
2006 77.56 [2]
2007 77.03 [3]
2008 63.06 [4]
2009 48.02 [5]
2010 56.42 [6]
2011 52.69 [7]
2012 38.32 [8]
2013 55.12 [9]
2014 56.32 [10]
2015 50.39 [11]


Medalists[edit]

Year Location Gold Total SP FS Silver Total SP FS Bronze Total SP FS Source(s)
2000 United States Minneapolis, United States Sweden Team Surprise 1.5 0.5 1.0 Canada black ice 3.0 1.0 2.0 Finland Marigold IceUnity 4.5 1.5 3.0 [12][13]
2001 Finland Helsinki, Finland Sweden Team Surprise 1.5 0.5 1.0 Finland Rockettes 4.0 2.0 2.0 Canada black ice 4.0 1.0 3.0 [13]
2002 France Rouen, France Finland Marigold IceUnity 2.0 1.0 1.0 Sweden Team Surprise 2.5 0.5 2.0 Canada black ice 4.5 1.5 3.0 [14]
2003 Canada Ottawa, Canada Sweden Team Surprise 2.0 1.0 1.0 Finland Marigold IceUnity 3.5 1.5 2.0 Canada Les Suprêmes 3.5 0.5 3.0 [15]
2004 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Finland Marigold IceUnity 1.5 0.5 1.0 Sweden Team Surprise 3.0 1.0 2.0 Finland Rockettes 4.5 1.5 3.0 [16]
2005 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden Sweden Team Surprise 207.75 71.23 136.02 Finland Rockettes 188.40 64.33 124.07 Finland Marigold IceUnity 187.17 68.67 118.50 [1]
2006 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Finland Marigold IceUnity 197.29 69.89 127.40 Sweden Team Surprise 188.57 69.09 119.48 Finland Rockettes 180.32 62.66 117.66 [2]
2007 Canada London, Canada Sweden Team Surprise 222.24 77.54 144.70 United States Miami University 198.71 69.75 128.96 Canada NEXXICE 194.08 68.54 125.54 [3]
2008 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Finland Rockettes 210.48 72.55 137.93 Sweden Team Surprise 205.71 74.72 130.99 Canada NEXXICE 198.81 70.67 128.14 [4]
2009 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Canada NEXXICE 223.58 80.12 143.46 Finland Team Unique 220.28 82.36 137.92 Sweden Team Surprise 209.30 78.24 131.06 [5]
2010 United States Colorado Springs, United States Finland Rockettes 223.90 81.40 142.50 Finland Marigold IceUnity 216.98 75.34 141.64 United States Haydenettes 216.48 78.62 137.86 [6]
2011 Finland Helsinki, Finland Finland Rockettes 215.43 74.81 140.62 Finland Marigold IceUnity 213.48 73.54 139.94 United States Haydenettes 205.40 71.16 134.24 [7]
2012 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden Sweden Team Surprise 194.87 64.63 130.24 Canada NEXXICE 193.64 63.76 129.88 United States Haydenettes 192.78 62.14 130.64 [8]
2013 United States Boston, United States Finland Team Unique 208.77 69.28 139.49 Canada NEXXICE 208.25 72.84 135.41 United States Haydenettes 202.53 71.87 130.66 [9]
2014 Italy Courmayeur, Italy Finland Marigold IceUnity 223.45 76.14 147.31 Canada NEXXICE 220.88 74.85 146.03 Finland Rockettes 220.66 74.98 145.68 [10]
2015 Canada Hamilton, Canada Canada NEXXICE 214.73 71.06 143.67 Finland Marigold IceUnity 214.06 70.39 143.67 Russia Paradise 203.48 66.25 137.23 [11]

Summary[edit]

Medals by country
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Finland Finland 8 7 5 20
2 Sweden Sweden 6 4 1 11
3 Canada Canada 2 4 5 11
4 United States United States 0 1 4 5
5 Russia Russia 0 0 1 1
Medals by team
Rank Team Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Sweden Team Surprise 6 4 1 11
2 Finland Marigold IceUnity 4 4 2 10
3 Finland Rockettes 3 2 3 8
4 Canada NEXXICE 2 3 2 7
5 Finland Team Unique 1 1 0 2
6 Canada black ice 0 1 2 3
7 United States Miami University 0 1 0 1
8 United States Haydenettes 0 0 4 4
9 (tie) Canada Les Suprêmes 0 0 1 1
Russia Paradise 0 0 1 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2005 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  2. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2006 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  3. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2007 WSSC results, the third is a Helsingin Sanomat news article:
  4. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2008 WSSC results, the third is a Savon Sanomat news article:
  5. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2009 WSSC results, the third is a Helsingin Sanomat news article:
  6. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2010 WSSC results, the third is a Helsingin Sanomat news article and the fourth is a U.S. Figure Skating news article:
  7. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2011 WSSC results, the third is an Iltalehti news article:
  8. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2012 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  9. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2013 WSSC results, the third is an Ice Network news article:
  10. ^ a b The first three sites show the official 2014 WSSC results, the fourth is an article by the Finnish Figure Skating Association about the competition:
  11. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2015 WSSC results, the third is an ISU news article:
  12. ^ "2000 World Synchronized Skating Championships". International Skating Union. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  13. ^ a b The first two sites show the official 2001 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  14. ^ The first two sites show the official 2002 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  15. ^ The first two sites show the official 2003 WSSC results, the third is a Kaleva news article:
  16. ^ The first two sites show the official 2004 WSSC results, the third is a Kaleva news article: