Synchronized Figure Skating

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Synchronized Skating


History

Synchronized skating was called Precision Skating at one time.  The original emphasis was for the group of skaters to keep tight formations and to march to precise rhythms.  Precision teams looked a bit like drill teams or marching bands.  Synchronized skating of today requires much more complicated skating than the original precision skating teams. In 1998 the name was officially changed to ‘Synchronized Skating’ known in the skating world as ‘Synchro’.

Synchro is a growing part of
Skate Canada’s Active for Life
Initiative.

There are Synchro teams of all ages. There are adult teams and teams made of very young children. It encourages team work, friendship, and improving figure skating skills.

Synchro is a great membership booster. Young skaters find synchro very fun and enjoy skating with their friends.  Many older teenagers choose to stay in skating if they can be a part of competitive synchro team. You may find many adults skaters enjoy this team activity as well. Club’s with a certifed Synchro coach are encourage to offer a Synchro program.

What is Synchronized Skating?

  • A group of skaters skating on ice at one time who work together as one unit.
  • A team performs to set music.
  • The skaters do formations which include circles, lines, blocks, wheels and intersections.
  • Complicated footwork and steps, lifts, jumps and spins are included in Synchro programs.
  • The teams skate together using various holds which include basic shoulder hold, hooking elbows, hand holds, basket weave holds, and not holding at all.
  • They do moves like spirals, lunges, shoot the ducks, pivots and pass through all at once.
  • Most skaters tend to be female, but men also participate.

Synchro is not yet an Olympic sport, but there is a World Synchronized Skating Championship. The first Worlds took place in 2000. Most countries that skate hold national synchro skating event.