Minneapolis ready to host U.S. Synchro Champs
Competition begins Thursday, March 4, with the juvenile and intermediate free skates and junior short program and will conclude Saturday, March 6 with the senior free skate.
Icenetwork.com will provide live and on-demand video coverage of the event for "Season Pass" subscribers within the contiguous United States. The site will also feature live results, recaps and photo galleries for subscribers and nonsubscribers. For information on how to become an icenetwork.com subscriber and to purchase a Season Pass, visit www.icenetwork.com.
Event tickets are on sale online at http://tickets.tcfsa.org/ or may be purchased at the Mariucci Arena Box Office on competition days. All online orders will be available for pick-up at the arena box office. Individual event tickets are $20 per day. All-event passes are available for $50. All seats are general admission.
The event, sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, will feature 89 teams and nearly 1,800 skaters competing in eight divisions: juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters. Teams qualified for the event through placements at their respective sectional championships or through a bye due to international competition. The top two senior finishers will earn the honor of representing the United States at the 2010 World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 9-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Last year's U.S. silver medalists, the Haydenettes, and U.S. champions Miami University placed fourth and seventh, respectively, out of 23 teams at the 2009 World Synchronized Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Synchronized skating is the fastest-growing figure skating discipline, characterized by speed, accuracy, and intricate formations and transitions performed by teams of 8-20 athletes. The discipline started nearly 50 years ago when a group of skaters was organized to perform at University of Michigan ice hockey games in Ann Arbor, Mich. It has since grown into a competitive discipline, with thousands of athletes participating all over the world.
For more information, visit www.2010synchronationals.org or contact Marlys Larson, local organizing committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For press credentials, visit the event web site or contact Becca Staed Bishop, U.S. Figure Skating communications coordinator, at email@example.com or 719.635.5200.