A blog for all things synchronized skating!
DISCLAIMER: I am a former synchro skater who is simply writing her opinions as a way of keeping up with the sport. It is not my intention to offend any team. If you disagree with anything I say, I'd love to hear your thoughts - but please remember that we are all entitled to our opinions!
I will never reveal what team(s) I skated for (I'm American, but that's all I'll give you). Even though I am no longer on a team, I wouldn't want to take the chance of anything reflecting poorly on my former teams and coaches.
When a team skates like this, it makes the argument that synchronized skaters are not as skilled as freestyle skaters null and void. Thank you, Team Paradise. If this is the future of synchronized skating, they won’t be able to ignore us for much longer. Hallelujah.
Yeah I can’t stop watching this. I keep repeating their circle step sequence over and over and over…I swear I’m about to go to the rink and learn it. I can’t get over how well it goes with the music. I love the twizzle with the leg crossed in front but what gets me is the head roll when they check out of the twizzle…it just looks like they’re all losing themselves in the music and really skating from the heart.
SportsCenter on ESPN has a video they do called “Not Top 10 Plays” which basically features 10 sports bloopers. At #9 this week is a video of the Star Mates’ warm-up block from Easterns. While we probably shouldn’t be laughing at this, they went on to win gold, so I’m sure the team is treating it pretty lightheartedly. Anything to give synchro some exposure!! And good for them for pulling themselves together after a warm-up like this!
If you don’t trust bobby pins, I think most teams use clear fishing line and a big needle to sew in the bun. When I got to a high-level team we had to sew our own buns. I remember holding one end of the fishing line in my teeth and getting a line across my face from where it would press in…I was always good at sewing other people but never myself….