The ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships take place in Stockholm from 5 to 7 April. The short programme is on Friday 6 April, currently due to start at 5.15pm UK time (opening ceremony at 4.30pm UK time) and the free programme on Saturday 7 April, currently due to start at 1.15pm UK time.
iowskaters will be there in person, clad brightly in yellow on behalf of Isle of Wight skater Gemma Marsh who skates with Team Surprise of Sweden. This is Gemma’s fourth world championships with Team Surprise. Updates may happen during the event on the iowskaters.com Facebook page.
This year promises to be a real thriller. Teams from the top five nations have been leapfrogging each other all season with scores in the 200s, meaning perfection will almost certainly win the day. Current champions Team Paradise of Russia are undoubtedly favourites yet again, having posted the highest scores this season.
UK representatives at the event are British champions Team Viola of Cardiff. That Union Flag appearing in the middle of a vast bank of Swedish Team Surprise supporters? That’ll be us.
Streaming for most countries will be via the ISU Skating Channel. The stream is geoblocked, most likely in the USA (coverage via icenetwork, season pass required) and possibly Sweden (coverage via SVT).
Official site: http://skatesweden.se/en/wssc2018/
ISU event page: https://isu.org/events/eventdetail/10954/-/isu-world-synchronized-skating-championships