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Huot, Valkama Skate At World Tournament

By Diana Cheng

TEAM MEMBER

MIT sophomores Jessica R. Huot ’06 and Juha S. Valkama ’06 placed 28th at the 2004 World Figure Skating Championships in ice dance in Dortmund, Germany over spring break. Huot and Valkama taught the intermediate and advanced group ice dance lessons at the MIT Figure Skating Club’s Saturday morning sessions throughout the 2003-2004 skating season.

The team represented the country of Finland at the World Championships for the third time at the senior level of the competition.

The team placed 27th in the first qualifying round, the compulsory dance. This dance was the Midnight Blues and Huot passed the US Figure Skating dance test at the MIT Figure Skating Club’s test session on February 29, 2004.

Huot and Valkama would go placed 28th in the Original Dance, with music to Swing Kids and The Mask.

In the 2003-2004 season, Huot and Valkama also competed at the NHK Trophy in Japan, the Finlandia Trophy, and the European Championships. They placed 12th, seventh, and 18th, respectively.

Their rank is a small fall from previous years. The duo first competed internationally at the junior level in 2000 and moved up to the senior level in 2002, where they placed 26th at the World Championships. In the 2003 championships, the team took 21st. Dmitri Kazarlyga has remained their coach and choreographer throughout their participation in the senior level championships.