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Two U.S. teams to compete at World Synchros

The Haydenettes and Crystallettes vie for top prize

Haydenettes earlier this year at the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.
Haydenettes earlier this year at the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. (Paul Harvath)

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(04/07/2010) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will vie for the sport's top international prize April 7-10 at the 2010 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships at the Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Haydenettes and Crystallettes, the gold and silver medalists at the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, respectively, will represent the United States at the competition.

The short program will take place Friday, April 9, with the free skate being held Saturday, April 10.

The field consists of 23 teams from 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

This marks the second time that the World Synchronized Championships have been held in the United States, as the inaugural event in 2000 took place in Minneapolis.

U.S. TEAMS
The Haydenettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC/Lexington, Mass.) will make their 11th consecutive appearance at the World Synchronized Championships. The team's best finish at the competition is fourth, which it has achieved five times, including last year. The Haydenettes skate their short program to Sarah Brightman's "A Wonderful World" and their free skate to music from the West Side Story soundtrack.

The Crystallettes (Dearborn FSC/Dearborn, Mich.) will make their second appearance at the World Synchronized Championships, at which they placed ninth in 2004. The team's short program is set to "Love Me or Leave Me" by Sammy Davis, Jr., and its free skate to "Malagueña" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

THE COMPETITION
Looking to defend its 2009 World title is Canada's Nexxice, which became the first team from outside Finland and Sweden to win the gold medal at the event. The two-time World bronze medalists will go up against Finland's No. 2 team, Team Unique, which won silver last year, as well as five-time World champion and last year's bronze medalist Team Surprise of Sweden. Three-time World champion Marigold Ice Unity of Finland is also a top contender.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2010 WORLD SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Crystallettes (Dearborn FSC)
Haydenettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC)