S Y N C H R O N I Z E D S K A T I N G
Synchronized skating is a fast growing discipline both within U.S. Figure Skating and around the world.
U.S. Figure Skating held the first U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in 1984 and also hosted the first World Synchronized Skating Championships in 2000. Today, there are approximately 600 synchronized teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating, and nearly 5,000 athletes participate annually in the Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships.
Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 12-20 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and dance and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. As with the other disciplines, all teams perform a free skate with required well-balanced program elements. In addition, teams at the junior and senior level perform a short program consisting of required elements.
Elements in synchronized skating include blocks, circles, wheels, lines, intersections, move elements, creative elements, no holds elements, spins and pairs moves. The variety and difficulty of elements require that each team member is a highly skilled individual skater. The typical senior-level athlete has passed a senior or gold test in at least two disciplines.
A truly global sport, some of the world's top teams are from Russia, Finland, Canada and Sweden. In the U.S., synchronized teams can compete in 14 different levels according to the age and skill level of the team members. Teams at the competitive levels of juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult or masters compete first at their respective sectional championships. A placement in the top four at sectionals earns them a spot at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Top-performing teams at the junior and senior levels have the opportunity to represent the USA in International Competition, with the top two teams going on to represent the United States at the World Synchronized Skating Championships.
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