In this article, we discuss skating traditions from the welcoming of new team members to annual team hangouts and competition superstitions. We asked for skaters input and got answers from 15 different ISU Senior teams from Montreal to Milan.
As the 2024 international season starts to get underway, the 2023 Boston Synchro Classic this weekend was a pivotal competition for the U.S. Junior, Senior, and Elite 12 divisions. Based on the results of this competition, the USFS federation will determine Team USA assignments for the second half of the season. Skating under immense pressure, all three qualifying divisions competed for their shot at international selection.
Sunday was all about free programs. Team Valley Bay Synchro won the junior competition and Team Unique confirmed its narrow lead in a very tight 1st Finnish qualifying competition.
The first national qualifiers take place this weekend in Finland. In the Senior division, Team Unique finished in the top spot after the short programs. Valley Bay Synchro leads in the Junior category.
The Italian Hot Shivers team was recently the centrepiece of a film. "Se cado mi rialzo" ("If I fall, I get up") is a one-day trip with the skaters and coach Andrea Gilardi during the Spring Cup. The video promotes the sport and its journey towards the Olympic Games.
A new project opened this summer. Led by two American synchro skaters, its mission is to develop synchronized skating by supporting skaters worldwide.
Training in Ankara, Turkey, the Vizyon junior team is ready for the new season. The Turkish champions have just completed two training camps.