The Les Suprêmes have won back-to-back ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships titles ©ISU

The Les Suprêmes of Canada defended their title at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Synchronized Skating Championships in Lake Placid in the United States.

This was the competition's 22nd edition, with 23 teams consisting of 535 skaters competing.

The Les Suprêmes used the theme of "Madame Butterfly" and music from Giacomo Puccini's opera along with pieces by Apashe, Tommee Profitt and Karl Hugo.

The team scored a season's best 161.98 points for the free skating, and secured 240.98 points overall, enough for the title.

"Our free programme this season is Madame Butterfly, so we took the classical story of Madame Butterfly and we decided to change the ending so that she really fights for herself and her happiness and thrives at the end," said team captain Olivia Di Giandomenico.

The Helsinki Rockettes of Finland finished second, only a point behind the Canadians.

Team Unique competed in their first World Synchronized Skating Championships since 2018 ©ISU
Team Unique competed in their first World Synchronized Skating Championships since 2018 ©ISU

The Rockettes looked to bounce back after slipping to third last year despite having the lead in the short programme.

They were unable to fulfil their dreams and had to settle for second with 239.56 points after performing the theme "Requiem" featuring elements from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final work as well as music by Apashe and Karl Hugo.

In third was another Finnish squad named Team Unique, who last won the title 10 years ago.

The former champions performed "Voila" by Barbara Pravi and "Victoria Station" and "Vendetta March" by Shigeru Umebayashi.

They secured an overall score of 237.68 points.

The team last competed in the Championships in 2018, where they finished fourth.

Competition was held at the 1980 Rink in the Olympic Center, part of the sports complex which acted as the Olympic Park for both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.