Several local girls are part of a fast growing sport, Synchronized Skating. Most of us don’t know a thing about it, but there is a concerted effort to make this an Olympic event in 2014 in Russia.
It’s described by one coach as “a combination of The Rockettes and ice dancing mixed into one.”
This area’s team, the Skyliners, draws skaters from the Tristate area – ages from 5 – 18.
Kate Bialo of Larchmont, whose daughter Kelsey competes says, “You must tryout to join; it is very competitive; there are different “lines” — groups of skaters of ages and skill levels grouped together. These groups skate a routine to music together on the ice doing synchronized moves — the groups can be 12- 20 girls. They compete in multiple USFA competitions from November to March — many of them out of town.”
They competed at the Eastern Championships in Lake Placid recently– taking two gold two silver and one bronze, and they will all now go to Ontario CA the first week in March to compete at Nationals. The oldest girls, the Juniors, who are juniors and seniors in high school also compete in Europe twice during the season — they just took gold in Milan last week. and will skate in Switzerland soon.
There are about 525 synchronized teams registered with United States Figure Skating, and approximately 5,000 skaters participate annually in the sport’s sectional championships.