Ever heard of synchronized skating? Me either . . . until last week.
For you “synchro” newbies, synchronized skating is the newest discipline for US Figure Skating – and they want to make it a big deal. Like, Olympic-big.
The International Skating Union recognized synchronized skating as a discipline in 1994. The first world championships were in held in the United States in 2000.
Now with more then 525 teams around the country, the teams made up of eight to 20 members each competing at 14 different levels. With the immense popularity of figure skating world-wide, organizers are hoping to grow the sport’s popularity enough to make it an Olympic event.
As soon as I heard the 2014 Midwestern & Pacific Synchronized Skating Sectionals were taking place at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, I knew I had to find a team that would let me follow them through the competition.
Enter the Downers Grove Dazzlers Intermediate Team. Glitz. Glam. Tights. Dresses. Ice. Skates.
After a few hours of performances, I was hooked. And after the Dazzler’s alien-themed performance, the team earned a place at the National Competition in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
With the Sochi Games around the corner and figure skaters taking the ice, don’t be surprised if syncrho skaters get #WhyNotSynchro2018 trending on social media.
Check out a few of my favorite images from the weekend: