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2011 U.S. Synchro Champs kick off this week

Icenetwork.com's live broadcast begins March 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET

The 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will take place in Ontario, Calif.
The 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will take place in Ontario, Calif. (Lauren Magliola)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(03/03/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - The 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, hosted by the Glacier Falls Figure Skating Club, will be held March 2-5, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The event features 92 teams and nearly 1,800 skaters competing in eight divisions: juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters.

Competition begins Thursday with the juvenile and intermediate free skates followed by the junior short program.

Official practice started Wednesday, March 2.

Icenetwork.com will provide live (Friday and Saturday) and on-demand video coverage of the event for Season Pass subscribers. The site will also feature live results, recaps and photos for subscribers and nonsubscribers. To purchase the Season Pass, visit icenetwork.com.

Single session and all-event tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com and at the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office.

Teams qualified for the U.S. Synchronized Championships through placements at their respective sectional championships or through a bye due to an international assignment. The top two senior finishers at the event will represent the United States at the 2011 World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 8-9, in Helsinki, Finland.

Last year's U.S. champions, the Haydenettes, and silver medalists, the Crystallettes, placed third and ninth, respectively, at the 2010 World Synchronized Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Haydenettes became just the second U.S. team to medal at the World Synchronized Championships, joining Miami University (silver in 2007).

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 first began 50 years ago when a group of skaters organized to perform at University of Michigan hockey games in Ann Arbor, Mich. It has since grown into a competitive discipline, with the U.S. Synchronized Championships being held every year since 1984 and the World Synchronized Championships contested annually since 2000.

ICENETWORK.COM LIVE BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR 2011 U.S. SYNCHRONIZED CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, March 4
6 p.m.: Novice free skate
9 p.m.: Senior short program
11 p.m.: Junior free skate

Saturday, March 5
4 p.m. Masters free skate
6 p.m.: Adult free skate
8:30 p.m.: Collegiate free skate
11:30 p.m.: Senior free skate

**All Times Eastern