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The Haydenettes execute a wheel during their free skate to The Count of Monte Cristo.

tion (GOEs), in which 1.66 was their lowest of the five scores. Te team put the title on ice with its emotional free skate to mu- sic from Te Count of Monte Cristo movie soundtrack. “It has a love story as well as the

sword fighting that comes from that era,” Krantz, the program’s architect, described. “We’ve been really work- ing hard this year to bring out the emotions of the person, who thinks that somebody who is very close to her is dead and she finds out that he’s actually alive, so there are a lot of lit- tle details in the program that we try to work on and bring to life.” Te Haydenettes, wearing deep

red dresses, easily fell into character and moved effortlessly from one ele- ment to the next. Tey did, however, face some adversity early on as they began their group lifts when a skater cut open her finger. “We still got through the entire

program with a lot of emotion, pas- sion, power and strength, and it just goes to show how well-trained we are,” Noelle Pearson, a member of the Haydenettes for four years, said. Teir program components

score was off the charts, and their elements were both difficult and well-executed. Tey earned Level 4 on seven elements and received positive GOEs for their entire skate. Tey did have one fall at the end of the program. Te team broke the 200-point overall mark and won the event by a record 25.25 points.

“I think it’s one of the best

performances we’ve had all season,” Pearson said. “We really pushed our- selves technically and emotionally tonight.” Despite the polished perfor- mances, Krantz said there are things to work on in order to move the team up the podium at Worlds. Te Haydenettes are four-time and reigning World bronze medalists. “Every single year the rules

change a little,” Krantz said. “It takes a long time to learn those lifts, and what I like about this team is that they are fearless and they love to work.”

Krantz, who took over the

Haydenettes program in May 2005, calls this team one of the strongest she’s had to date. “We know that the internation- al competition is very competitive,” she said. “It’s going to be a big chal- lenge to get on the podium, but we never give up and we are going to keep improving.” Jenna Longo, who has been

with the team for eight seasons, said the team’s chemistry is right for an improvement on the World podium. “I definitely think this team was meant to skate together,” Longo said. “Tere are a bunch of us who have skated together for a while, and I believe we were meant to do these two programs at Worlds, and I think it’s going to push us to the top of the podium.”

Te Crystallettes, coached by SKATING 27

sisters Shannon Peterson and Holly Malewski, earned their fourth trip to the World Synchronized Skat- ing Championships (2004, 2010, 2012), with a classy and elegant free skate. Preparation, they said, was a key to the team’s success. “All that altitude training paid

off tonight,” Peterson said. “We had done intervals (train-

ing) all year,” Malewski said. “We also flew into Breckenridge on Sun- day, which is 9,800 feet in elevation. So when they came down here they felt like a million bucks. We skated four hours a day and had two hours off ice (training) every day.”

Second after the short program,

the Crystallettes seized their oppor- tunity with a classy and elegant free skate to “Iris” from Cirque de Soleil. A history of cinema worked as their canvas and was the impetus for their black-and-white costumes. “Tey were really in the mo-

ment,” Peterson said. “Tat’s what we wanted them to be. Tey worked really hard for this, so we told them they might as well enjoy it while they are out there.” Tis year’s version of the Crys-

tallettes, Malewski said, are confi- dent and they attack their programs. “I don’t think anybody can say

The Haydenettes celebrate their scores and 22nd championship title.


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