2014 Finlandia Trophy to be held this weekend
By Olga Fluegge
2014 Finlandia Trophy, fifth competition of the new ISU Challenger Series, will be held 25-27 October 2014 in Espoo, Finland.
This skating event has been taking place since 1995. 17 countries are represented this year. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men´s singles, ladies’ singles, ice dance and synchronized skating.
Recently, ISU has formally proposed to include the synchronized skating to the Winter Olympic Games 2018 in Korea. Synchronized skating is very popular in Finland and organizers hope this discipline can become more popular in the world.
Five teams will be competing at the Barona arena. Finnish teams Marigold Ice Unity and Rockettes are reigning world champions and bronze medalists respectively. Russian team Paradise finished fourth at last worlds, so this year’s Finlandia Trophy will be highlighted by strong competition among world leaders in synchronized field.
Best chance to win ladies event has Elizaveta Tyktamisheva (RUS), who made an impressive comeback at 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy, taking the gold medal. Among the field of other strong competitors are Maria Artemieva (RUS), Rika Hongo (JPN) and Samantha Cesario (USA).
The Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) has withdrawn from Finlandia Trophy due to medical advice. For the several worth watching competitors like Adam Rippon (USA) and Misha Ge (UZB) this event will be a start of the new season.
German ice dancers Nelli Zhiganshina/Alexander Gazsi are the most experienced competitors in the ice dance field. Alexandra Stepanova/Andrei Bukin (RUS) and Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus (USA) are other main contenders for taking the podium.
SportTV.fi broadcasts the event live from Barona Arena on October 10-12, 2014. In addition to the competition there’ll be interviews with skaters. Figure skating fans will be able to send their comments and questions live through the online chat. The broadcast is worldwide, but Japan is excluded due to there being local TV contracts.