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)
200585.27 [1]
200677.56 [2]
200777.03 [3]
200863.06 [4]
200948.02 [5]
201056.42 [6]
201152.69 [7]
201238.32 [8]
201355.12 [9]
201456.32 [10]
201550.39 [11]
201653.32 [12]
201753.41 [13]
201840.03 [14]

Medalists

Year Location Gold Total SP FS Silver Total SP FS Bronze Total SP FS Source(s)
2000 Minneapolis, United States Team Surprise 1.5 0.5 1.0 black ice 3.0 1.0 2.0 Marigold IceUnity 4.5 1.5 3.0 [15][16]
2001 Helsinki, Finland Team Surprise 1.5 0.5 1.0 Rockettes 4.0 2.0 2.0 black ice 4.0 1.0 3.0 [16]
2002 Rouen, France Marigold IceUnity 2.0 1.0 1.0 Team Surprise 2.5 0.5 2.0 black ice 4.5 1.5 3.0 [17]
2003 Ottawa, Canada Team Surprise 2.0 1.0 1.0 Marigold IceUnity 3.5 1.5 2.0 Les Suprêmes 3.5 0.5 3.0 [18]
2004 Zagreb, Croatia Marigold IceUnity 1.5 0.5 1.0 Team Surprise 3.0 1.0 2.0 Rockettes 4.5 1.5 3.0 [19]
2005 Gothenburg, Sweden Team Surprise 207.75 71.23 136.02 Rockettes 188.40 64.33 124.07 Marigold IceUnity 187.17 68.67 118.50 [1]
2006 Prague, Czech Republic Marigold IceUnity 197.29 69.89 127.40 Team Surprise 188.57 69.09 119.48 Rockettes 180.32 62.66 117.66 [2]
2007 London, Canada Team Surprise 222.24 77.54 144.70 Miami University 198.71 69.75 128.96 NEXXICE 194.08 68.54 125.54 [3]
2008 Budapest, Hungary Rockettes 210.48 72.55 137.93 Team Surprise 205.71 74.72 130.99 NEXXICE 198.81 70.67 128.14 [4]
2009 Zagreb, Croatia NEXXICE 223.58 80.12 143.46 Team Unique 220.28 82.36 137.92 Team Surprise 209.30 78.24 131.06 [5]
2010 Colorado Springs, United States Rockettes 223.90 81.40 142.50 Marigold IceUnity 216.98 75.34 141.64 Haydenettes 216.48 78.62 137.86 [6]
2011 Helsinki, Finland Rockettes 215.43 74.81 140.62 Marigold IceUnity 213.48 73.54 139.94 Haydenettes 205.40 71.16 134.24 [7]
2012 Gothenburg, Sweden Team Surprise 194.87 64.63 130.24 NEXXICE 193.64 63.76 129.88 Haydenettes 192.78 62.14 130.64 [8]
2013 Boston, United States Team Unique 208.77 69.28 139.49 NEXXICE 208.25 72.84 135.41 Haydenettes 202.53 71.87 130.66 [9]
2014 Courmayeur, Italy Marigold IceUnity 223.45 76.14 147.31 NEXXICE 220.88 74.85 146.03 Rockettes 220.66 74.98 145.68 [10]
2015 Hamilton, Canada NEXXICE 214.73 71.06 143.67 Marigold IceUnity 214.06 70.39 143.67 Paradise 203.48 66.25 137.23 [11]
2016 Budapest, Hungary Paradise 212.69 73.86 138.83 Rockettes 207.84 70.03 137.81 Haydenettes 206.95 68.09 138.86 [12]
2017 Colorado Springs, USA Paradise 208.70 72.62 136.08 Marigold IceUnity 208.58 70.88 137.70 NEXXICE 197.54 67.17 130.37 [13]
2018 Stockholm, Sweden Marigold IceUnity 209.02 72.61 136.41 Team Surprise 207.99 72.83 135.16 Paradise 200.97 76.05 124.92
2019 Helsinki, Finland To be held on 12 - 14 April 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.
2020 Colorado Springs, USA To be held on 3 - 5 April 2020 in Colorado Springs, USA.

Summary

Medals by country
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Finland 9 9 5 23
2 Sweden 6 5 1 12
3 Canada 2 4 6 12
4 Russia 2 0 2 4
5 United States 0 1 5 6
Medals by team
Rank Team Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Team Surprise 6 5 1 12
2 Marigold IceUnity 5 5 2 12
3 Rockettes 3 3 3 9
4 NEXXICE 2 3 3 8
5 Paradise 2 0 2 4
6 Team Unique 1 1 0 2
7 black ice 0 1 2 3
8 Miami University 0 1 0 1
9 Haydenettes 0 0 5 5
10 Les Suprêmes 0 0 1 1

See also

References

  1. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2005 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  2. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2006 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  3. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2007 WSSC results, the third is a Helsingin Sanomat news article:
  4. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2008 WSSC results, the third is a Savon Sanomat news article:
  5. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2009 WSSC results, the third is a Helsingin Sanomat news article:
  6. 1 2 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. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2011 WSSC results, the third is an Iltalehti news article:
  8. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2012 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  9. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2013 WSSC results, the third is an Ice Network news article:
  10. 1 2 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. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2015 WSSC results, the third is an ISU news article:
  12. 1 2 "2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships". International Skating Union. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  13. 1 2 "2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships". International Skating Union. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  14. "2018 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships". International Skating Union. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  15. "2000 World Synchronized Skating Championships". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  16. 1 2 The first two sites show the official 2001 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  17. The first two sites show the official 2002 WSSC results, the third is an Yle news article:
  18. The first two sites show the official 2003 WSSC results, the third is a Kaleva news article:
  19. The first two sites show the official 2004 WSSC results, the third is a Kaleva news article:
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