Season 21/22 is coming to an end and we´re looking back at it with pride. We officially started the season in May 2021 after a long period of not being allowed to practice together on the ice. We´d just started training in groups of 8 skaters, wearing face masks. As the spring progressed we were able to workout outside and spent June building up our strength. After summer break, we gathered in Säfsen, Dalarna, for a full week of training. An amazing week filled with team building and practices.
In August we were back at our home rink in Landvetter and continued to build our programs. We faced challenges with the technical elements that some of us had no’t tried before such as group lifts and advanced variations of death spirals. We started from scratch with these elements since we spent most of the previous season improving our skating skills, but we pushed through.
The first public performance of the season was Pre-event that was held in Kungsbacka by the end of October. Most of us felt nervousness since it had been a while since everyone’s last public performance, but we managed to skate clean. The feedback afterwards, from people in the audience and the judges, where positive and they expressed how glad they were to see Sweden finally get a senior team again.
By the end of Pre-event, the Swedish Figure Skating Association announced Team Inspire as the Swedish national team. All of us were thrilled to have completed a big goal.
We were satisfied with our performances at the qualifications, but we wanted to reach higher. We planned to attend Lúminere Cup and Leon Lurje Trophy but both were canceled due to covid-19.
We kept our motivation and continued to work hard and improve. By the time, Swedish nationals came along and we were ready to show what we got. We had a few mistakes in the skates, but the overall performance was improved from previous competitions. For the
first time, we could declare ourselves as national champions. In March we made our international debut. We went by bus to Neuss to attend the German Open. Our short program was our very best performance of the season and we had a great international debut. We ended up in second place.
The final of the season was the World Synchronized Skating Championships, which was held in Hamilton, Canada. We arrived in Canada a few days in advance of the competition. For most of us, it was our first senior Worlds and it was exciting and a bit nerve-wracking. The first day in Canada we spent exploring Niagara Falls and on the days ahead of the competition we practiced in the unofficial rinks.
We reached the competition days and started with a great performance in the short program. In the free program, we were satisfied with the most of the technical elements, even though we had a few mistakes. We got a total of 169,92 and ended up in 10th place. Overall it was such a powerful experience and forever lasting memory.