U.S. wins second-ever medal at World Synchros
Haydenettes win the bronze
|The Haydenettes during their free skate at world synchros. (Paul Harvath)|
(04/12/2010) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Haydenettes, 18-time U.S. champions, captured their first world medal -- a bronze -- last week at the 2010 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. The podium finish marks the second time a U.S. team has won a world medal, as Miami University took the silver in 2007. The Crystallettes, the 2010 U.S. silver medalists, finished ninth out of 23 teams. The Haydenettes sat just 2.78 points out of first after the short program, receiving a 78.62 segment mark for its routine to Sarah Brightman's "What a Wonderful World." The team displayed four Level 4 elements, including a beautiful opening moves in the field, and picked up more than 10 points in Grades of Execution. Despite making no mistakes in its West Side Story free skate, the Lexington, Mass.,-based team could not fend off Finland's No. 2 team, Marigold Ice Unity, for silver. The Haydenettes earned 137.86 points for their free skate and 216.48 overall, placing the team just 0.50 points behind the silver medalists. The Crystallettes of Dearborn, Mich., matched their finish in their only other appearance at the World Synchronized Championships in 2004. Skating its short program to "Love Me or Leave Me," the team received three Level 4s and entered the free skate in ninth with 64.42 points. Three more Level 4 elements, including a nice moves in the field, in the Crystallettes' "Malagueña" free skate placed them 10th in the segment with a 104.94-point score, giving them a competition total of 169.36. Finland dominated the world podium, with the country's No. 1 and No. 2 teams, the Rockettes and Marigold Ice Unity, finishing first and second with 223.90 and 216.98 points, respectively.