Five favorite things with Saga Krantz

Haydenettes head coach has a lot of favorite traditional Finnish foods, including blueberry juice

Saga Krantz enjoys hot lattes (no foam, please) during the day, but when she's out on the town, white sangria is her drink of choice.
Saga Krantz enjoys hot lattes (no foam, please) during the day, but when she's out on the town, white sangria is her drink of choice. (courtesy of U.S. Figure Skating)


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(02/24/2012) - Since taking over as head coach of the dynastic Haydenettes in 2005, Saga Krantz has not only maintained the standard of excellence set by her predecessor, the legendary Lynn Benson -- she's raised the bar.

Krantz has taken the Lexington, Mass.,-based powerhouse to new heights, having won the bronze medal at each of the last two World Synchronized Skating Championships. Her team just won its 20th national title at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Worcester, Mass.

In 2008, she was recognized for her accomplishments by being named Professional Skaters Association Synchronized Coach of the Year.

A native of Finland, Krantz skated for -- and later helped coach -- the Rockettes, one of the sport's elite teams. She graduated from Helsinki's Diakonia Polytechnic University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in social welfare and education.

In this busy time of year for her and her teams, Krantz was kind enough to answer a few questions from

1. You are a native of Finland. What is your favorite authentic Finnish food?

There are few of them:

  • Karelian Pasties: They are made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg, is spread over the hot pasties before eating.
  • Finnish chocolate (Fazer milk chocolate)
  • Blueberry juice
  • Finnish rye bread

    2. You always dress very stylishly when you're at competitions. What are some of your favorite designers?

    Oh, goodness, what a compliment...thank you! (You should see me coaching...that's a whole different saga, with woolen socks rolled over sweatpants and comfy shirts.) But the answer to your question is any designer that I can find from T.J.Maxx because I like the smaller dollar tags and a good find. But I have to admit: If there is one designer that I always fall into, it's Kate Spade!

    3. What's your favorite drink to order when you're out on the town with your friends?

    Since I am a late-night worker (24/7), my visits to town happen more during the day time. That time of the day my drink always is a large hot latte and no them! I make them at home as well every morning for myself. In the offseason, when I have little more time to spend with my friends, my favorite would be a cold white sangria.

    4. You have choreographed countless programs for your teams over the years ... do you have a personal favorite?

    Not really. Every year they become so special in so many ways, and that's the way I feel about this years programs too. But if I must pick, I would say Sound Of Music (novice), "What a Wonderful World" (senior) and Ghostbusters (preliminary) are most certainly at the top of that list.

    5. Your bio says you studied music for 10 years. What was your favorite piece of music to play?

    My major was violin, and my favorite piece to play was "Ave Maria." I played many different versions of it and on many different occasions: weddings, funerals and graduations. It's a song that always has such a peaceful melody and just simply makes us feel something, something pure and simple.