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Two U.S. synchro teams medal at French Cup

Both representatives from the U.S. earn podium spots

Both U.S. synchro teams at the French Cup came away with medals.
Both U.S. synchro teams at the French Cup came away with medals. (Angela Wantuck)

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By Lauren Magliola, special to icenetwork.com
(02/07/2011) - The U.S. Synchronized Skating Team is once again returning home from international competition with medals in both the junior and senior competitions.

Reigning U.S. junior champions, Team Braemar, earned first place by a significant margin in the junior competition, while the reigning U.S. silver medalists, the Crystallettes, earned bronze in the senior event.

Team Braemar, from Edina, Minn., took an early lead in the short program, and extended that lead with a clean free skate to music from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, securing first place. The team earned a total score of 172.74, 10 points more than the second place Musketeers from Finland, the 2010 Junior World Challenge Cup bronze medalists. The Ice Steps, also from Finland, won the bronze medal.

Team Braemar placed fourth at the 2010 Junior World Challenge Cup and will look to earn a spot on the podium in 2011. The team qualified to represent the U.S. at the JWCC in Neuchatel, Switzerland, by placing second at the Junior World Team Selection Competition in January.

Team Unique, the 2009 world silver medalists from Finland, won the senior competition in convincing fashion, earning 212.34 total points, more than 25 points ahead of their closest competitor. Les Supremes, representing Canada, earned second place in both the short program and free skate with a final score of 186.47.

The Crystallettes were within two points of second place after the short program, but falls in the team's free skate to music from The Mummy contributed to the team earning fourth place in that portion of the competition. The team from Dearborn, Mich., was able to hold on to third place overall with a total score of 170.25.

Members of the 2010 World Team, the Crystallettes will look to earn a spot on the 2011 Team at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Ontario, Calif., March 3-5. The top two teams in the senior event will represent the U.S. at the World Synchronized Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Athlete blogs from the French Cup and all synchronized skating international competitions can be found at the Official DREAM Program blog.

The U.S. will next travel this weekend to Milan, Italy, where Miami University (Sr.), the Skyliners (Jr.), Evolution (Jr.) and the Hockettes (Jr.) will represent Team USA at the Spring Cup.