2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships set for this week in Colorado Springs

(2/26/14) - The 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, hosted by the Broadmoor Skating Club, will be held Feb. 26-March 1, 2014, at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event features 93 teams and more than 1,800 skaters competing in eight divisions: juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters.

Competition begins Thursday, Feb. 27 with the intermediate and novice free skates followed by the junior short program. Official practice starts Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Icenetwork will provide live (Thursday, 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.

Daily event tickets can be purchased at the Colorado Springs Arena Box Office, which will open two hours before the start of competition each day. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, seniors over 60 and military. Children under 2 are free. All seating is 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 2014 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 2014 World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 4-5, in Courmayeur, Italy. Last year's U.S. champions, the Haydenettes, and silver medalists, Miami University, placed third and eighth, respectively, at the 2013 World Synchronized Championships in Boston.

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.
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