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Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships coming to Lake Placid
January 25, 2013 - Christie Sausa
The skaters are coming! The skaters are coming!
On January 31st - February 2nd, Lake Placid will host the 2013 Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships, a qualifying event for synchronized figure skaters in the Eastern region. Approximately 150 teams of 8-20 skaters will compete at the Olympic Center, and those in the qualifying divisions will skate hard to represent their club at the National Championships on Feb. 27 – March 2 in Plymouth, Michigan.
So what is synchronized skating, you may ask? Synchronized skating (previously called "Precision" and usually called "Synchro" for short) is a discipline where 8-20 skaters skate in unison while executing difficult elements such as wheels, circles, and blocks. Those types of moves are choreographed in a certain pattern on the ice, which requires precision and control so as not to crash into other skaters!! Some skaters even perform spins, jumps, and lifts in the program.
Synchro is different from other skating disciplines not only because of the team aspect, but because there are more opportunities to be theatrical and expand upon the theme of the music. Spectators can expect to see more engaging skating performances, interesting costumes, and creative themes.
For more information, see the event page (in links) for more info!
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