2013 French Cup Set for this Week(1/31/13) - Four U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete this week at French Cup in Rouen, France. The Haydenettes (Lexington/Marlborough, Mass.), the ICE'Kateers (Anaheim, Calif.), the Skyliners (Rye/Monsey/Westchester, N.Y.; Stamford, Conn.) and Team Braemar (Edina, Minn.) are set to compete Feb. 1-2.
The Haydenettes, 20-time U.S. synchronized skating champions, will begin their international season this week. They finished the 2012 season with their third consecutive bronze medal at the World Synchronized Skating Championships.
The ICE'Kateers enter the event as reigning U.S. synchronized pewter medalists. They will compete at French Cup for the first time, following two previous international assignments in 2009 and '12.
The Skyliners will compete at this event for the second consecutive year. They placed fourth at last season's event, building up to their second U.S. junior synchronized silver medal. They will compete in the junior event.
Joining the Skyliners in the junior event is Team Braemar, who placed sixth at this event last year. They concluded their 2012 season with a fourth-place finish at World Junior Challenge Cup, following their third U.S. junior synchronized title.
All three teams are also set to compete at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Feb. 27-March 3, in Plymouth, Mich.