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    Last edited by Sylvia; 04-08-2013 at 03:43 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by fan View Post
    is there a list anywhere that states all of the girls/boys on the roster for each country?
    Team Unique (Finland 1): http://www.teamunique.fi/ (click on "Joukkue" for a current roster with individual bio pages)
    NEXXICE (Team Canada 1) has not been updated for this season: http://www.nexxice.com/

    Team USA synchro bios include current (I assume) season rosters for the Haydenettes (Team USA 1) and Miami University (Team USA 2).

    Marigold IceUnity (Team Finland 2) roster with individual bio pages: http://www.marigold.fi/joukkue
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    I am very happy for Team Unique (Finland 1)!!! I am no synchro connoisseur, but they skated very well!

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    WOW, what a wonderful news that Finland 1 won!!! It is not easy to be the last to skate, nerves of steel they must have...., oh my. Congratulations to all medalists!

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    So now Finland is junior and senior world synchro champion !

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    To respond to some questions and comments that have popped up in this thread, in no particular order:

    - At Worlds, teams are required to skate with 16 skaters. Exceptions are made for injuries or illness, in which case they can skate with no less than 14, and deductions are given for some elements if they don't have the correct number of skaters (eg., there must be a minimum of 3 skaters in a spoke for a wheel to count).

    - Teams can have up to 4 alternates on the roster. Each team uses their alternates differently. On some teams, there are skaters who skate one program but not the other, and on other teams, there are alternates who do not skate either program (unless they need to replace someone due to injury).

    - I don't know if you could see it on the video, but during Germany's free program, part of one of their dresses fell off. They skated the program around it, but a couple of things could have happened instead: (1) A skater could have reached down to scoop up the debris while skating, (2) the Ice Level Referee or Referee can blow the whistle to stop the program so the item can be retrieved, if it might pose a danger to the skaters, (3) one of the ice sweepers (the girls who check the ice for holes, sequins, etc., after the performance) or alternates could have been sent out to pick up the debris. I'm not sure if the Refs didn't see it, or if the ILR asked the coach whether to stop the program and they said "no." In any case, we were all holding our breath every time the team skated to that end of the ice. They missed skating over the item several times by inches!

    - GOE in a nutshell: There are 9 positive bullet points for each element, and a list of element-specific reductions, as well as general reductions. To get a 0, 1-2 positive bullets must be awarded, for +1 it's 3-4, for +2 it's 5-6, and for +3 it's 7 or more. Any combination of bullets can be used towards the GOE (i.e., there aren't any mandatory GOEs that are required, as was the case last year). Example: in the block element, a judge might award positive bullets for (1) good speed, power, and flow, (2) element matches the musical phrasing, (3) good quality 1-foot skating, (4), unison and clarity, and (5) transitions within the element, which would be a +2, but then reduce by 1-3 GOEs if spacing or speed was lost during the pivoting action.

    - Positive GOE bullets that apply to every element: transitions, unison/clarity, creativity/originality, effortless execution, matches musical phrasing, flow/power/speed throughout. Other bullets include: good shape/spacing/line-up, flexibility and aesthetically pleasing (for Moves in the Field), pattern on the ice (for Creative Element), entry/exit of moves (for spins, lifts, jumps, moves, etc.).

    - Examples of GOE reductions: loss of unison, loss of speed, poor shape, weak holds, breaks in holds, not aesthetically pleasing moves.

    - The same theory applies as in other disciplines, where a less difficult element done well can be worth more than a more difficult element done poorly. Though this may not always hold true when you look at the Scale of Values, it impacts the "big picture" by affecting PCS as well.

    - Yes, the floods seem long, but as many have mentioned, this is both to ensure good ice quality, and give the teams enough time in the dressing rooms, warm-up areas, etc. In the short, there a 5 teams per group, and in the free there are 4 teams per group. The short was seeded based on last year's results.

    IMO, there was a noticeable increase in quality in the entire event this year, and it was fabulous to see more creativity back in programs. Making programs more creative again was a specific initiative supported by new elements (the Creative Element, with the same base value for all levels), a focus on more creativity and variety in transitions, and rotating elements in and out of programs (eg., there was no Circle element in the free this year; next year the Circle Step Sequence will be replaced by the Circle Element).

    If you have any more questions, I'm happy to answer!

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    One thing I forgot: in the short program, the required intersection is the whip this year. By definition, the lines are required to maintain a strong curve and can straighten out just before the point of intersection. This adds more difficulty than when two straight lines go through in more of a V formation. Next season, the required intersection in the short for Seniors will be the angled one you saw many teams do in the free, and Juniors will still do the whip in the short.

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    And, here's the full collection of videos: http://32blades.com/2013/04/07/2013-...s-from-boston/

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    From Twitter:

    U.S. Figure Skating‏@USFigureSkating 38m

    Loads of great pictures from #Synchro2013 here: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/bosto.../pictures.html
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    U.S. Figure Skating ‏@USFigureSkating 13m

    Click here to see highlights from the free skate at #Synchro2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuK0rMAk0NM
    Last edited by dardar1126; 04-08-2013 at 10:45 PM. Reason: Additional information

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    Pj Kwong's account of what she saw at Synchro Worlds in Boston: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskati...ng-worlds.html

    CBC's broadcast of the 2013 World Synchronized Figure Skating Championships is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at 4:00 PM ET.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    For those looking for a little more insight into how synchro is judged and called, I've prepared a Viewer's Guide to assist your viewing of the CBC broadcast on Saturday. I hope you'll find it helpful! CBC Broadcast info and Viewer's Guide

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    Thanks for taking the time to do this, 32blades!

    UPDATED 2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK SCHEDULE

    (4/11/13) - The television coverage of the 2013 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships on Universal Sports Network has been adjusted. Please see the schedule for a list of updated times: http://www.usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=49171&type=media
    (All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)
    1st time airings are:
    Friday, April 12 Short program 6:30-8 p.m.
    Saturday, April 13 Free skate 6:30-8 p.m.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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