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Haydenettes Look Back on Memorable Worlds

30 Apr

Coverage of the Haydenettes’ bronze-medal finish at the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, is featured in the May issue of SKATING magazine. However, because of the magazine’s tight print deadline for the May issue, we were unable to get all of the skaters’ quotes and photographs in the magazine before it went to press.

Below are some quotes from the Haydenettes, as well as some photographs of both the Haydenettes and Crystallettes from the World Championships.

Haydenette captain Kelly Ottaviano

 What did it feel like to win the bronze medal in Sweden?

“It was an amazing feeling, because the competition was extremely close and many teams were fighting for a spot on the podium. Changing most of our step sequences in both programs midway through the season was one of the greatest challenges we faced. Hard work and perseverance by my teammates and coaching staff enabled us to skate strong programs at Worlds. The best part was skating two powerful programs, and the bronze medal was just icing on the cake.”

This is the team’s third consecutive World bronze medal. Does this solidify the U.S. as one of the top synchronized skating countries?

“Yes, I think this solidifies Team USA as a serious competitor at the world level. In the last three years, we have been the only team to medal each year. Saga’s genius choreography throughout her career in the U.S. has brought us to a new dimension in the synchro world. It has been an incredible season and we are thrilled to be on the podium again.”

 How does the team feel about this year’s free skate?

“Words cannot fully explain how exhilarating the experience was to skate that program. The combination of Saga’s incredible choreography and Lady Gaga’s music gave our free skate everything it needed to succeed. We understood how to impersonate Lady Gaga when the music came on, and it was a fun character to act out on the ice. She is a powerful pop star, which made it an exciting program. We were thrilled to earn a silver medal on our performance for this program at Worlds.”

Haydenette Jenna Longo

 What did it feel like to win the bronze medal in Sweden?

“Winning the bronze medal in Sweden was amazing, as is winning any World medal! This year was special since it was the first year the Haydenettes had come from behind; we did not medal in the short program but we were able to stick together as a team and perform a program we will always remember. We focused on having a good time skating the Lady Gaga free skate for the last time.”

This is the team’s third consecutive World bronze medal. Does this solidify the U.S. as one of the top synchronized skating countries?

“It absolutely shows we are a top synchro country. I believe fully that we always have been, but I also believe our sport is growing so much. The fact that there was a change of podium this year proves that each team is getting stronger, and the world is pushing the bar of excellence. The top teams and countries are closer than ever right now, and to be on top we are going to have to work harder and harder to stay there.”

 How does the team feel about this year’s free skate?

“The team loved our Lady Gaga free skate. It was much different than in years past. We weren’t necessarily telling a story, we were portraying a woman who is wild and graceful. This allowed for the team to show our strength in performance and skating skills. Each time we skated it, we had fun. It was a program that was so dynamic and powerful, regardless of how well we skated we felt proud of ourselves.”

Haydenette Emily Albert

What did it feel like to win the bronze medal in Sweden?

“Worlds was an experience I will never forget! The competition this year was so close and all the teams were so good that it made this year’s Worlds very exciting.  After being in fourth place following the short, we were happy with the way we skated. We were excited to skate our fun and unique free program. After we skated our free skate, we were so happy with the results. We put our heart and soul into that free program and we were ecstatic with the results. It truly was a competition to remember.”

This is the team’s third consecutive World bronze medal. Does this solidify the U.S. as one of the top synchronized skating countries?

“I do believe that this solidifies the U.S. as a top contender. We work hard and we love what we do!”

How does the team feel about this year’s free skate?

“The Lady Gaga free skate is definitely one of my favorites. Saga did an incredible job choreographing it. We are so lucky to be able to have her as our coach and we all love her. The Lady Gaga free skate was one that was unique, dynamic and full of passion. It is one that I will always remember and hold close to my heart. It was so fun to skate. This year was one that I will always remember — 20 national titles, a World bronze medal and being able to skate with 19 of my best friends. We worked hard this year, went through a lot as a team and I will cherish all of the memories the 2011-12 Haydenette team has made together.”

Slideshow pictures are courtesy of Alex Finn, Leslie Graham and Gail H. Mayer and are of both the Haydenettes and Crystallettes.

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2012 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships Notes

12 Apr

Click below to read the competition notes for the 2012 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

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