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ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

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

Year Location Gold Total SP FS Silver Total SP FS Bronze Total SP FS Source(s)
2000 23x15px Minneapolis, United States 23x15px Team Surprise 1.5 0.5 1.0 23x15px black ice 3.0 1.0 2.0 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 4.5 1.5 3.0 [12][13]
2001 23x15px Helsinki, Finland 23x15px Team Surprise 1.5 0.5 1.0 23x15px Rockettes 4.0 2.0 2.0 23x15px black ice 4.0 1.0 3.0 [13]
2002 23x15px Rouen, France 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 2.0 1.0 1.0 23x15px Team Surprise 2.5 0.5 2.0 23x15px black ice 4.5 1.5 3.0 [14]
2003 23x15px Ottawa, Canada 23x15px Team Surprise 2.0 1.0 1.0 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 3.5 1.5 2.0 23x15px Les Suprêmes 3.5 0.5 3.0 [15]
2004 23x15px Zagreb, Croatia 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 1.5 0.5 1.0 23x15px Team Surprise 3.0 1.0 2.0 23x15px Rockettes 4.5 1.5 3.0 [16]
2005 23x15px Gothenburg, Sweden 23x15px Team Surprise 207.75 71.23 136.02 23x15px Rockettes 188.40 64.33 124.07 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 187.17 68.67 118.50 [1]
2006 23x15px Prague, Czech Republic 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 197.29 69.89 127.40 23x15px Team Surprise 188.57 69.09 119.48 23x15px Rockettes 180.32 62.66 117.66 [2]
2007 23x15px London, Canada 23x15px Team Surprise 222.24 77.54 144.70 23x15px Miami University 198.71 69.75 128.96 23x15px NEXXICE 194.08 68.54 125.54 [3]
2008 23x15px Budapest, Hungary 23x15px Rockettes 210.48 72.55 137.93 23x15px Team Surprise 205.71 74.72 130.99 23x15px NEXXICE 198.81 70.67 128.14 [4]
2009 23x15px Zagreb, Croatia 23x15px NEXXICE 223.58 80.12 143.46 23x15px Team Unique 220.28 82.36 137.92 23x15px Team Surprise 209.30 78.24 131.06 [5]
2010 23x15px Colorado Springs, United States 23x15px Rockettes 223.90 81.40 142.50 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 216.98 75.34 141.64 23x15px Haydenettes 216.48 78.62 137.86 [6]
2011 23x15px Helsinki, Finland 23x15px Rockettes 215.43 74.81 140.62 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 213.48 73.54 139.94 23x15px Haydenettes 205.40 71.16 134.24 [7]
2012 23x15px Gothenburg, Sweden 23x15px Team Surprise 194.87 64.63 130.24 23x15px NEXXICE 193.64 63.76 129.88 23x15px Haydenettes 192.78 62.14 130.64 [8]
2013 23x15px Boston, United States 23x15px Team Unique 208.77 69.28 139.49 23x15px NEXXICE 208.25 72.84 135.41 23x15px Haydenettes 202.53 71.87 130.66 [9]
2014 23x15px Courmayeur, Italy 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 223.45 76.14 147.31 23x15px NEXXICE 220.88 74.85 146.03 23x15px Rockettes 220.66 74.98 145.68 [10]
2015 23x15px Hamilton, Canada 23x15px NEXXICE 214.73 71.06 143.67 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 214.06 70.39 143.67 23x15px Paradise 203.48 66.25 137.23 [11]

Summary

Medals by country
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 23x15px Finland 8 7 5 20
2 23x15px Sweden 6 4 1 11
3 23x15px Canada 2 4 5 11
4 23x15px United States 0 1 4 5
5 23x15px Russia 0 0 1 1
Medals by team
Rank Team Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 23x15px Team Surprise 6 4 1 11
2 23x15px Marigold IceUnity 4 4 2 10
3 23x15px Rockettes 3 2 3 8
4 23x15px NEXXICE 2 3 2 7
5 23x15px Team Unique 1 1 0 2
6 23x15px black ice 0 1 2 3
7 23x15px Miami University 0 1 0 1
8 23x15px Haydenettes 0 0 4 4
9 (tie) 23x15px Les Suprêmes 0 0 1 1
23x15px Paradise 0 0 1 1

See also

References

  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:

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