Two U.S. Teams to Compete at 2013 World Junior Synchronized Championships(3/7/13) - Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete at the 2013 International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships, formerly the Junior World Challenge Cup (JWCC), set to take place March 8-9, 2013, in Helsinki, Finland.
The Lexettes (Lexington/Marlborough, Mass.) will make their first appearance at the World Junior Synchronized Championships this week after winning the 2013 World Junior Team Selection Competition. Earlier this month, the Lexettes placed third at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Saga Krantz, Erika Hoffman, Kendra Flanagan, Samuel Mortimer and Genevieve Coulombe.
The Skyliners (New York) earned their fourth consecutive berth to this event by placing second at the 2013 World Junior Team Selection Competition in January. They placed fifth at the JWCC for the last three years, from 2010-12. The team most recently won the junior silver medal at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Josh Babb, Jenny Gibson and Jonathan Hunt.
Team USA is determined annually at the World Junior Synchronized Team Selection Competition, which is held each January in conjunction with a nonqualifying competition. The top two finishers at that event earn a trip to the World Junior Synchronized Championships. The U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships are held about a week prior to the World Junior Synchronized Championships, which does not allow U.S. Figure Skating to use the event as a qualifier.
The field consists of 20 teams (approximately 500 skaters) representing 15 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.