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SKATING magazine – April Issue

6 May

Click on the cover to view the entire digital version of the April SKATING magazine.

2013  april cover

Short Program Warm-Up

5 Apr

Team USA ice dancer Colin McManus has joined U.S. Figure Skating in helping write during the 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships.

By Colin McManus

The short program official practices are well under way here at the Boston University Agganis Arena. I took the time to get the crowd’s perspective on the World Championships. I was able to speak with two coaches from the Synchroettes Synchronized Skating Program in New Jersey, Kaleigh Corbett and Bobette Guerrieri. They are one of the many synchronized skating programs making the trip to Boston to take in the Worlds experience. They said 45 skaters have traveled to Boston to watch the Championships.

“We have amazing skating in our backyard, and to be here with all of our skaters makes it that much better,” Kaleigh said.

I was able to meet some of the Synchroettes junior skaters, fresh off of their first season as members of Team USA. They are looking forward to watching Team USA compete, and wanted to wish both the Haydenettes and Miami University good luck this weekend!

I was also able to catch up with some of the Miami University parents and alumni. Debbie Gaff, mother of Miami skater Kylie Gaff, explained how her daughter not only has the amazing opportunity to compete at a World Championships in her home country, but in her hometown of Boston. All of the parents feel an overwhelming sense of pride in their skaters. Miami Alum Sarah Arnold is experiencing Worlds from the other side of the boards. She said she is most looking forward to watching her friends compete for Team USA in their home country.

“Miami Synchronized Skating is truly a family,” Sarah added.

The goal for Miami was to make the World team, and now the parents, family and friends will sit back and watch as their skaters live their dream in tonight’s short program.

There is a huge buzz in the air for tonight’s short program! The whole event is sold out and there are signs and flags already flying around Agganis Arena. All of the teams are having solid warm-ups. Tonight’s event will certainly not disappoint! There will be more to come from the crowd’s perspective here in Boston!

SKATING magazine – April Cover

1 Apr

Every month we will unveil the new cover for the upcoming issue of SKATING magazine. Here is the cover for the April issue featuring the Haydenettes. The issue will feature recaps of all of the events at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

2013  april cover

SKATING magazine – April Issue

2 May

Click on the cover to view the entire digital version of the April SKATING magazine.

Haydenettes Look Back on Memorable Worlds

30 Apr

Coverage of the Haydenettes’ bronze-medal finish at the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, is featured in the May issue of SKATING magazine. However, because of the magazine’s tight print deadline for the May issue, we were unable to get all of the skaters’ quotes and photographs in the magazine before it went to press.

Below are some quotes from the Haydenettes, as well as some photographs of both the Haydenettes and Crystallettes from the World Championships.

Haydenette captain Kelly Ottaviano

 What did it feel like to win the bronze medal in Sweden?

“It was an amazing feeling, because the competition was extremely close and many teams were fighting for a spot on the podium. Changing most of our step sequences in both programs midway through the season was one of the greatest challenges we faced. Hard work and perseverance by my teammates and coaching staff enabled us to skate strong programs at Worlds. The best part was skating two powerful programs, and the bronze medal was just icing on the cake.”

This is the team’s third consecutive World bronze medal. Does this solidify the U.S. as one of the top synchronized skating countries?

“Yes, I think this solidifies Team USA as a serious competitor at the world level. In the last three years, we have been the only team to medal each year. Saga’s genius choreography throughout her career in the U.S. has brought us to a new dimension in the synchro world. It has been an incredible season and we are thrilled to be on the podium again.”

 How does the team feel about this year’s free skate?

“Words cannot fully explain how exhilarating the experience was to skate that program. The combination of Saga’s incredible choreography and Lady Gaga’s music gave our free skate everything it needed to succeed. We understood how to impersonate Lady Gaga when the music came on, and it was a fun character to act out on the ice. She is a powerful pop star, which made it an exciting program. We were thrilled to earn a silver medal on our performance for this program at Worlds.”

Haydenette Jenna Longo

 What did it feel like to win the bronze medal in Sweden?

“Winning the bronze medal in Sweden was amazing, as is winning any World medal! This year was special since it was the first year the Haydenettes had come from behind; we did not medal in the short program but we were able to stick together as a team and perform a program we will always remember. We focused on having a good time skating the Lady Gaga free skate for the last time.”

This is the team’s third consecutive World bronze medal. Does this solidify the U.S. as one of the top synchronized skating countries?

“It absolutely shows we are a top synchro country. I believe fully that we always have been, but I also believe our sport is growing so much. The fact that there was a change of podium this year proves that each team is getting stronger, and the world is pushing the bar of excellence. The top teams and countries are closer than ever right now, and to be on top we are going to have to work harder and harder to stay there.”

 How does the team feel about this year’s free skate?

“The team loved our Lady Gaga free skate. It was much different than in years past. We weren’t necessarily telling a story, we were portraying a woman who is wild and graceful. This allowed for the team to show our strength in performance and skating skills. Each time we skated it, we had fun. It was a program that was so dynamic and powerful, regardless of how well we skated we felt proud of ourselves.”

Haydenette Emily Albert

What did it feel like to win the bronze medal in Sweden?

“Worlds was an experience I will never forget! The competition this year was so close and all the teams were so good that it made this year’s Worlds very exciting.  After being in fourth place following the short, we were happy with the way we skated. We were excited to skate our fun and unique free program. After we skated our free skate, we were so happy with the results. We put our heart and soul into that free program and we were ecstatic with the results. It truly was a competition to remember.”

This is the team’s third consecutive World bronze medal. Does this solidify the U.S. as one of the top synchronized skating countries?

“I do believe that this solidifies the U.S. as a top contender. We work hard and we love what we do!”

How does the team feel about this year’s free skate?

“The Lady Gaga free skate is definitely one of my favorites. Saga did an incredible job choreographing it. We are so lucky to be able to have her as our coach and we all love her. The Lady Gaga free skate was one that was unique, dynamic and full of passion. It is one that I will always remember and hold close to my heart. It was so fun to skate. This year was one that I will always remember — 20 national titles, a World bronze medal and being able to skate with 19 of my best friends. We worked hard this year, went through a lot as a team and I will cherish all of the memories the 2011-12 Haydenette team has made together.”

Slideshow pictures are courtesy of Alex Finn, Leslie Graham and Gail H. Mayer and are of both the Haydenettes and Crystallettes.

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2012 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships Notes

12 Apr

Click below to read the competition notes for the 2012 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

April Cover – SKATING magazine

2 Apr

Every month we will unveil the new cover for the upcoming issue of SKATING magazine. Here is the cover for the April issue featuring the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Champions: