June/July 2004

2004 World Synchronized Skating Championships

When the Finnish teams arrived in Zagreb, Croatia, for the 2004 World Synchronized Skating Championships, which were held April 1-4, they removed the lanyards from their credentials and replaced them with their own lanyards that read: "Suomalainen Voitta Aina," which means "Finns always win."

It was that attitude that helped Finland win its second World title and become the first country ever to have two synchronized teams on the podium. While Finland was making history, the U.S. teams were finding success in their own right. Both teams finished in the top 10 with the Haydenettes placing fourth.

Story by Kelly Hodge. Read more about the 2004 World Synchronized Skating Championships in the June/July issue.

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2004 U.S. Adult Championships
by Michele Cooper and Amy G. Partain

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by Lindsay DeWall

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2004 National Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Championships
by Amy Stetson

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Basic Skills - Skating for a cause
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