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Finland dominates at Cup of Berlin

Both U.S. teams finish fourth in Germany

The California Gold senior team finished just off the podium in fourth place.
The California Gold senior team finished just off the podium in fourth place. (Annaleigh Yahata)

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By Lauren Magliola
(01/19/2011) - The first international competition of the synchronized skating season, the Cup of Berlin, came to a close on Saturday night with both U.S. teams, California Gold (Sr.) and Chicago Jazz (Jr.), finishing in fourth place.

Teams from Finland swept the junior podium. Team Fintastic, the 2010 Junior World Challenge Cup champions, totaled 162.12 points en route to the gold medal. Team Reflections came away with silver while Team Mystique nabbed the bronze.

Chicago Jazz, representing Glenview, Ill., skated two clean programs to earn 127.11 total points. The team's short program to "Nessun Dorma" earned third place in that portion of the event with a score of 45.94.

The senior event also featured a champion from Finland. The Rockettes, the 2010 world champions, earned 189.78 points, more than 35 points ahead of the second place team, the reigning German champions Team Berlin 1.

California Gold, from Culver City, Calif., also skated two clean programs. Like the Jazz, California Gold earned third place in the short program, fourth place in the free skate and fourth overall. The team's total score was 143.09 points, just two points shy of earning a place on the podium.

Athlete blogs from the Cup of Berlin and all synchronized skating international competitions can be found at the Official DREAM Program blog.

The next stop for the U.S. synchronized skating team will be the Salzburg, Austria, where four teams will represent Team USA at the Mozart Cup.