Team Shadows: «We have so much fun together. Not only on ice…»

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Synchronized skating is just beginning its development in this amazingt ice world. And, looking at the adult teams, it is theoretically quite possible to imagine them by the participants of the World Championships. Continuing to tell you about the synchronists of Oberstdorf, we decided to introduce another Finnish team — Team Shadows.

Team Shadows, Finland

What level of skating do most team members have?

It’s hard to tell the level because (except for one skater) none of us has competed in single figure skating as an adult (to which this classification refers). Most of us have done synchronized skating back in the 90’s and early 2000. A few of us have competed in single figure skating during the same years.

How many people from childhood engaged in figure skating, and how many began to engage it in adulthood?

17 of our skaters have a background in synchronized skating. Most of us have started practicing at a young age and competed in Finland in a national level. After a short or longer break (between 5 and 20 years) they have taken up skating again in adult teams. Seven or so of our skaters have competed as single skaters in their youth and have been introduced to the secrets of synchronized skating only when they have joined our team.

How many hours a week does a team train on ice?

The official response would be 1,5 h per week but in practice, especially during the competition season, we spend much more. On top of our weekly practices, we do have a few days during the season when we spend the whole day practicing on and off ice. We call these days or weekends our “power days”.

Team Shadows, Finland

How many hours does the team devote to off-ice workouts?

Usually 1-2 hours a week but again before competitions a lot more.

Does the team have a coach? Does the coach skate in team at competitions?

Johanna Hollström is our coach,and yes, she skated with us this year in Oberstdorf. But we were only borrowing her since, in addition to being a great coach, she also skates in a team called Reunions. They are part of the same sports club here in Espoo, Finland but they compete in a different series than Shadows (they are in Masters, and we compete in a series called Adults).

Team Shadows, Finland

An element that you are proud of —

We think that we succeeded beautifully with our line element especially in the final competition in Finland this spring. We actually won that competition and were they best adult team in Finland in season 2018-2019. That’s an achievement that we are so proud of.

Team Shadows, Finland

Something to work on —

There is always room for improvement in all elements but we could definitely work on our traveling elements and intersection. We also tend to lose some of our speed and energy when competing — that’s something we need to practice more.

Synchronized skating is difficult because …

It challenges us in so many different areas: learning the choreography, skating in unisono, understanding the elements as well as carrying out the artistic impression. And doing all of this simultaneously. Also reacting very fast to the possible mistakes during the programme and getting the flow back after it.

Synchronized skating is great because …

Just being a part of this amazing team of skaters and lovely ladies is such an honour and privilege. We have so much fun together. Not only on ice but we do a lot of things together that are not related to skating at all (like spinning, going to concerts etc.)

We like to train hard and enjoy pushing and challenging ourselves. Nothing beats the adrenaline rush you get from synchronized skating and competing.

Team Shadows, Finland

For your team true — team for Oberstdorf or Oberstdorf as one of many others places for team?

We have a lot of traditions — our team was established already 20 years ago — and one of these traditions is to take part in one international skating competition per season. We’ve been in Oberstdorf three times, so it does have a special place in our hearts. We’ve always enjoyed skating and competing there. But we always keep our eyes open for opportunities to compete anywhere outside of Finland.

Would you like to see more teams in synchronized skating?

There are plenty of adult synchronized skating teams in Finland: in adults series there about 25 teams all together and in masters series there are 9 teams.

Of course it would be nice to see more teams in the international competitions — like in Oberstdorf. The more, the better.

We wish the Team Shadows that the work they do on the ice brings results, and the participants — to skate with the same enthusiasm, holding hands and each other!

Team Shadows, Finland

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