U.S. Figure Skating to Host 2013 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships this Week in Boston

(4/2/13) - Twenty teams from 15 countries are set to compete at the sold out 2013 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships April 3-6 at Agganis Arena in Boston. Team USA will be represented by the Haydenettes (Lexington, Mass./Hayden Recreation Centre FSC) and Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).

Official practices will begin Wednesday, April 3, with the short program set for Friday, April 5 and the free skate Saturday, April 6. The event will held on Boston University's campus with competition and some practice taking place at Agganis Arena and additional practice sessions occurring at the Walter Brown Arena.

The World Synchronized Championships will be held for the third time in the United States. The U.S. most recently held the 2010 championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. The inaugural event was held in Minneapolis in 2000.

Icenetwork.com will provide live and on-demand video coverage of the event for Season Pass subscribers. The site will also feature live results, recaps, blogs and photos for all users. To subscribe, please visit icenetwork.com.

Universal Sports will air delayed coverage of the World Synchronized Championships the week following the event.

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.

For more information, please visit www.2013SynchroWorlds.com.

TEAM USA
The Haydenettes earned their 14th consecutive berth to the World Synchronized Championships by winning their 21st U.S. title at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Plymouth, Mich., last month. Last year, the Haydenettes earned their third-consecutive World bronze medal. The team placed seventh at its international assignment, French Cup, in early February.

Miami University returns to the World Synchronized Championships for the 10th time, having last competed at the event in 2011. They earned a spot on the World Team after finishing second at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Championships. Miami won silver at 2013 Leon Lurje Trophy to open the season.


2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS UNIVERSAL SPORTS SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)


Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Thursday, April 11

Short program

6:30-8 p.m.

Short program (re-air)

9:30-11 p.m.

Friday, April 12

Short program (re-air)

2:30-4 a.m.

Short program (re-air)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Free skate

6:30-8 p.m.

Free skate (re-air)

9:30-11 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Free skate (re-air)

2:30-4 a.m.

Free skate (re-air)

11 a.m-12:30 p.m.