2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships this Week in Plymouth, Mich.

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Haydenettes compete at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. (Ed Collier Photography)
(2/25/13) - The 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, hosted by the Detroit Metro Skating Council, will be held Feb. 27-March 2, 2013, at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich. The event features 89 teams and nearly 1,800 skaters competing in eight divisions: juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters.

Competition begins Thursday, Feb. 28 with the juvenile and intermediate free skates followed by the junior short program. Official practice starts Wednesday, Feb. 27.

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 all users. To subscribe, please visit icenetwork.com.

Single-session tickets are available at the Compuware Sports Arena box office. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, seniors over 60 and military. Children under 2 are free. All seats are general admission.

Teams qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Championships through placements at their respective sectional championships or through a bye due to an international assignment. The 2013 U.S. World Synchronized Team will be selected at the conclusion of the event from the senior level to represent the United States at the 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 3-6, in Boston. Last year's U.S. champions, the Haydenettes, and silver medalists, the Crystallettes, placed third and 11th, respectively, at the 2012 World Synchronized Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Synchronized skating is 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 a 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 2013 U.S. SYNCHRONIZED CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Events not listed below will be available on-demand)

Date

Time (Eastern)

Event

Friday, March 1

4 p.m.

Novice free skate

6:30 p.m.

Senior short program

9 p.m.

Junior free skate

Saturday, March 3

1:30 p.m.

Adult free skate

3:30 p.m.

Masters free skate

8 p.m.

Collegiate free skate

9 p.m.

Senior free skate

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