Synchronized skating competition Saturday in South Charleston
The Charleston Figure Skating Club welcomes 13 teams from five states to the fourth annual Mountain State Synchro Skate competition, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena. The competition will feature teams in several divisions ranging from beginners to open collegiate. It's the only synchronized skating competition in West Virginia. Synchronized skating is a team sport in which eight to 20 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and dance and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. The discipline is growing in popularity throughout the U.S., with about 525 synchronized teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating, and nearly 5,000 athletes participate annually in the synchronized skating sectional championships. West Virginia Synchro, which is affiliated with the Charleston Figure Skating Club and practices at the South Charleston rink, will field two teams at this Saturday's competition, in the Pre-Juvenile and Beginner 1 categories.