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We're Back With More! 24 March 2017 16:01

Helsinki, FIN - 18 March © Egli

This has been a particularly busy week for the members of the WDSF Communications team. After the 2017 GrandSlam Helsinki concluded last Sunday, some of us had to direct all our attention to a number of pressing matters such as the qualification process for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Announcements regarding the qualifying for the YOG 2018 Breaking events can be expected by mid next week.

It's a good thing that the other members stuck with the GrandSlam Helsinki project, uploaded more free-to-watch YouTube videos and excellent photographs to this blog (above) and edited the 93-minute highlight programme of the GrandSlam Standard.

It is available for US$ 3.75 through Vimeo on Demand here!

LIcg1IYd2e4|2017 GrandSlam Standard Helsinki | The Trailer | DanceSport Total

What A Final 19 March 2017 20:27

Gabriele Goffredo - Anna Matus, MDA © Egli

The final of the GrandSlam Latin Helsinki was special in two ways. Not only the dancing by the six finalists was at an incredibly high level, the emotions, too, appeared to be heightened. The outcome itself was almost of lesser importance, with all six couples radiant over what they had achieved. You will have to wait for the Vimeo on Demand programme to get released to hear some of the statements that were made by the dancers prior to and after the final.

Gabriele Goffredo - Anna Matus, MDA, won another GrandSlam. Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno, RUS, were first and Andrey Gusev - Vera Bondareva, RUS, second runners-up.

lOMIBoidFgk|Goffredo - Matus, MDA | 2017 GS LAT Helsinki | R2 S

To Set The Record Straight 19 March 2017 17:57

Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU © HK Sportsfinder

It did suprise us that we didn't see Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU, in the GrandSlam Standard final last night. The couple had made every final - GrandSlam and Championship - since missing out narrowly in Helsinki exactly one year ago. Finland seems to bring the Lithuanians bad luck, we thought. Well, it was bad luck - but of a different kind. Veronika sent us a message on Facebook to set the record straight:

"Yesterday on 18 March, I and partner Vaidotas Lacitis took part in WDSF GS Standard in Helsinki, but due to injury I had to withdraw. To avoid any misunderstanding, could you please mark our result accordingly, please. Thank you! Best regards, Veronika Golodneva."

We will let the scrutineer know!

ac2_guSsnng|Lacitis - Golodneva, LTU | 2017 GS STD Helsinki | R2 W


Starting Number 14 Withdraws 19 March 2017 16:50

Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska, GER

We mentioned earlier in this blog that Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska had made a very valiant effort to be here in Helsinki for the inaugural leg of the 2017 GrandSlam Series. They arrived at the Messukeskus Hall 4, the venue of the Finnish Open, just 90 minutes prior to round two of the GrandSlam. They danced the five dances and then they informed the chairman Drago Sulek of their decision to drop out of the competition ...

We best let them explain their reasons.

UAq5olZIpSI|ITV Balan - Moshenska, GER | 2017 GS LAT Helsinki | DanceSport Total

GrandSlam Latin Round Two 19 March 2017 15:29

Helsinki, FIN - 19 March © Egli

Round two is about to start. The first round one videos are available in the Gallery, more will go up shortly. The standing for the places 49 and 73 is established and available in the "Live" result box on the right.

The number of entries is much lower than the one in 2016, when 92 couples danced the first leg in Helsinki. It's not that Latin is going out of style, but the fact that the dates for the GrandSlam had to be changed at relatively short notice and that the new ones coincided with the German Championship Latin didn't help to boost entries from there.

In any case, those who are here came from far and wide ...

2hkJQ7qWltE|Liu - Liu, HKG | 2017 GS LAT Helsinki | R1 S

Round One Action 19 March 2017 13:36

Helsinki, FIN - 19 March © Egli

The first round of the 2017 GrandSlam Latin Helsinki brought familiar faces that we haven't seen for a long time back to the floor: Vincenzo Mariniello - Sara Casini , ITA. Welcome back, guys!

Aside from the one of Vincenzo and Sara on the left, we have just added another 19 pictures that our photographer Reinhard Egli has shot during the round to the "Photo" Gallery above. A few "stunners" shot during last night's Standard final have also been uploaded. Enjoy!

Sporting Spirit 19 March 2017 13:08

German Championship Latin © Heks

Another Latin "star" couple arrived at Helsinki airport only a few hours ago. Until very late last night they competed in the German Championship Latin in Siegburg. Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska went into the final as the reigning Champions, danced their heart out and lost the title to their opponents Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova by what must have been the narrowest of margins. Here is an article in German!

It is in a true sporting spirit that Marius and Khrystyna got up at an ungodly hour this morning, took the first flight to Helsinki and are now ready to go for round two of this GrandSlam Latin. Champions always get back up!

Looking Forward 19 March 2017 12:07

Gabriele Goffredo - Anna Matus, MDA

The first round will be in progress soon. One of the "star" couples that doesn't have to dance it gave us an interview instead of getting ready.

Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus talked to us about their long winning streak, System 3.0 and the fact that they feel particularly inspired to start dancing at around 5 p.m. today.

VnulJqvQfjk|ITV Goffredo - Matus, MDA | 2017 GS LAT Helsinki | DanceSport Total


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