From the warmth and comfort of your home computer room, become a fanatical fan of the fastest-growing ice skating sport in the world–synchronized skating! The whole family, including the males, can enjoy this great sport. (Many men prefer this discipline of figure skating because it is a TEAM sport rather than a solo or pair sport.)
Here is a link to the Mid-America Competition, held January 12-13, 2008. The team in this link, Chicago Jazz, won the Junior World Qualifier with a huge lead, and they will be our Team U.S.A. 1 at Junior Worlds in a few months. This team is incredible–watch the footwork, especially the double twizzles, which are extremely difficult by yourself, even more so surrounded by 15 other skaters.
The second-place team, The Colonials, will be Team U.S.A. 2 at Worlds. I’m pretty certain you can find their program somewhere on youtube, too.
Junior-level synchro skaters are all 18 or under, BTW. That’s the rule for Junior teams.
You can youtube synchronized skating and find all kinds of teams at all ages and levels. Best bets: Junior and Senior teams from 2007 or 2008. (The new judging system started in 2006, but it was pretty new then. Now the teams know how to win with the new system, so the programs are better-constructed and skated, IMO.)
If you want to see the best team in the world, look up Team Surprise from Sweden. They won Worlds last year-they’re an amazing team.
If you like younger skaters, try the Juvenile levels. If you can find a youtube with Chicago Jazz Juvenile from 2007 Nationals, they won it with a delightful program featuring songs about their hometown. Lots of fun.
And if you like to watch the adults (over 25) or older adults (over 35!), check out the Adult or Masters levels. Denver Synchronicity won it all last year–incredible team.
And if you just want to watch a montage with lots of different teams, here it is:
(I’ve posted this link before on CAF–it’s so inspiring.)
If you like what you see and want to learn more about the sport, there are several websites you can check out. I personally like synchroboards.
AND–if you really fall in love with the sport, read my novels about it–www.jazzicals.com