2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Are On
Beginning with the first official practice yesterday, the top synchronized skating teams from across the country are all in Plymouth, MI through this weekend. That’s 89 teams and nearly 1,800 skaters competing in 8 divisions: juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters. Teams have qualified for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships by placing among the top teams at their level in their sectional championship (Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast). This event is the final qualifier for the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in which Team USA has two entries.
Teams at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships sporting Riedell Synchro boots are:
- Miami University RedHawks, with head coach Carla DeGirolama
- Team Braemar
Synchronized skating is characterized by speed, accuracy and complex formations and transitions performed by teams of 8-20 skaters. The discipline first began 50 years ago when a group of skaters organized to perform at a University of Michigan hockey games in Ann Arbor, MI.