April 2007

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There's nothing worse than having the stomach flu. Except, that is, skating a four-and-a-half minute program at high altitude while having the stomach flu.

But the Haydenettes of Lexington, Mass., weren't about to let a little bug keep them from reclaiming their senior title at the 2007 U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships Feb. 22-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Despite the fact that eight skaters - just about half the team - came down with a nasty virus just prior to their free skate, the Haydenettes battled through their technically difficult program to maintain their slim lead after the short program, landing them atop the medal stand once again. It was the Haydenettes' 16th U.S. title in 19 years.

Read all about the 2007 U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships in the April issue of SKATING.

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Parade of champions

The United States continued its stronghold on the junior ranks with an impressive showing at the World Junior Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. The U.S. secured three gold medals and five total at the competition held Feb. 25-March 4. Only two falls in ice dancing prevented the U.S. from likely sweeping all four gold medals. Last December, the U.S. won all four gold medals and nine total at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Fun stuff

Three hundred and forty-two local member clubs and Basic Skills programs hosted a National Skating Month promotion in January, offering local area families a fun and free introduction to skating.