The Pressure Was Strong
The crowd was loving every second, but what happened didn't surprise anyone. After all, they were on home ice. But the cheerful crowd's excitement only added to the pressure. It was already a tight competition. Skaters had performed their immaculate routines which they'd practiced so many times. Suddenly, they were done. It was all over, and their exhaustion and heavy breathing was the only proof it had happened. But they still needed to find out if they had failed or if they'd make history.
The skating world hadn't seen such a tight competition in ages. And that's a major compliment given that there had been tons of competitions in the history of ice skating. Unbeknownst to most, the sport has been around since the 17th century. The International Skating Union was founded in 1892, and it's the oldest governing international winter sport federation. Given the fact that ice skating has been a part of our history for thousands of years, it's not hard to imagine that many forms of ice skating have developed across the years.
The Many Faces Of Skating
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For most folks, figure skating's got some infamous rivalries that never left their collective memories: Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, and Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. But synchronized skating isn't really as massive as figure skating. The sport isn't even considered an Olympic sport, but boy does it take some major skills. Skaters form a unit and perform heart-wrenching maneuvers at super high speeds in flawless synchronized perfection. While it may not be considered an Olympic sport, it does leave very little room for error.
The International Championships
In the late 20th century, synchronized skating finally started being on everyone's radar. So in the year 2000, the International Skating Union finally launched the annual ISU World Synchronized Skating championships. And only high skilled skaters from all over the world were able to compete. It's been 18 years now, and only two teams have been dominating the grounds: Sweden and Finland. But in 2015, they finally got their chance to compete fiercely against each other, and it'd go down in history as the closest competition people has ever seen.
All Eyes On Canada
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The 2015 championships took place in Hamilton, Canada, so everyone was rooting for their home teams. NEXXICE was the top team, and they'd previously gotten the gold medal in 2009, but ever since then, they hadn't been able to score again. Les Supremes, which was their secondary team, only made it to 3rd place. But their competitor had been a lot luckier. Finland’s Marigold IceUnity were the favorites this year and they had won the year prior. Still, the Canadians buckled down and gave it their best. Playing on home turf gave them extra confidence.