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Two U.S. teams to compete at Cup of Berlin

California Gold, Chicago Jazz face international competition

The junior team from Chicago Jazz will compete in the upcoming Cup of Berlin.
The junior team from Chicago Jazz will compete in the upcoming Cup of Berlin. (Lauren Magliola)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(01/13/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Two U.S. synchronized skating teams kick off the international season this week at the Cup of Berlin in Germany. Senior team California Gold (Culver City, Calif.) makes its first appearance at the Cup of Berlin since placing seventh in 2008, while Chicago Jazz (Glenview, Ill.) competes at the junior level.

The event takes place Jan. 14-15 at Sportforum Berlin Hohenschonhausen.

California Gold, representing the All Year Figure Skating Club, looks to improve on a 10th-place finish at its international assignment from a season ago, the French Cup. Led by coaches Jillian Cipresso and Amanda Falkowski, the team placed sixth at the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

Chicago Jazz finished fourth last week at the 2011 World Junior Team Selection Competition in Fond du Lac, Wis. The team has eight international medals to its credit, the most recent coming at the 2009 French Cup, where it claimed the bronze. Coaches Lisa Darken, Paula Bischoffer and Jaime Catalano steered the Jazz to a fourth-place finish at the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Championships.

The Rockettes, the reigning world champions from Finland, are back to compete for a fifth consecutive Cup of Berlin title. The 2010 World Junior champions, Team Fintastic looks to ascend to the top of podium; the team finished second at this event last season to in-country rivals Team Mystique.

Now in its fifth season, the Cup of Berlin is an international synchronized skating competition for novice, junior and senior teams. The Hockettes (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are the only American team to win gold at the event, doing so in the junior event in 2005.