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2010 U.S. Synchro Championships kick off this week

The Haydenettes will compete at the U.S. Synchro Championships this week.
The Haydenettes will compete at the U.S. Synchro Championships this week. (Mary Jane Hanlon Rogers)

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(03/01/2010) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will take place March 3-6 at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. The Twin Cities Figure Skating Club is the host club of this year's event.

Competition begins Thursday, March 3 with the juvenile and intermediate free skates and junior short program and concludes 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 photos 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. 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 represent 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.