Four U.S. teams head to Milan for Spring Cup
Evolution and California Gold to compete in the senior event
|Evolution won the silver medal at the Spring Cup back in 2003. (Paul Harvath)|
Competition begins Saturday, Feb. 14, with the junior and senior short programs. The free skates follow on Sunday, Feb. 15.
The senior competition consists of 15 teams from 10 countries: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. In the junior division, there are nine teams from seven nations: Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Evolution placed fifth at last year's U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. At its 2008 international assignment, the French Cup, the team placed eighth. Evolution will skate its short program to "The Power of a Dream" by Celine Dion and its free skate to "Le Fabuleux Destin J'Ame'lie Poulim" by Yann Thiersen.
The 2008 U.S. fourth-place finishers, California Gold, will make its first appearance at the Spring Cup. Last year, the team came in seventh at the Cup of Berlin. California Gold's short program music is selections from the Beetlejuice motion picture soundtrack by Danny Elfman, and its free skate is set to selections from the Iron Man soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi.
The Skyliners took seventh in juniors at the 2008 U.S. Synchronized Championships. The team made its international debut at the 2008 Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy, where it won the gold medal. The Skyliners will skate their short program to selections from Les Miserables and their free skate to selections from the August Rush motion picture soundtrack.
Team Braemar placed fifth as juniors at the 2008 U.S. Synchronized Championships and was seventh at the 2008 Prague Cup. It will represent the United States next month at the World Synchronized Skating Challenge Cup for Juniors in Neuchatel, Switzerland. "Invincible" by Carola is the team's short program music, while it will perform its free skate to selections from the Quest for Camelot motion picture soundtrack.
U.S. ENTRIES AT 2009 SPRING CUP
Evolution (Detroit SC/Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
California Gold (All Year FSC/Culver City, Calif.)
Skyliners (SC of New York/New York, N.Y.)
Team Braemar (Braemar-City of Lakes FSC/Minneapolis, Minn.)
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