ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College senior synchronized skating team has again been selected to represent Team USA at an international competition from Friday through Sunday, Jan. 27-29, at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden.
After a strong showing at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, the 2016 Spring Cup in Italy, and monitoring by U.S. Figure Skating officials, the Synchronized Management Subcommittee (SMS) determined Adrian College’s senior team would represent Team USA for a second consecutive season.
Team USA is defined as those synchronized skating teams who are selected by SMS of U.S. Figure Skating to represent the United States at specified events sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU).
While attending international assignments, team members are recognized as ambassadors of U.S. Figure Skating and the United States of America. Not only is it an honor to be selected, but it is also an opportunity for team members to gain valuable experiences athletically and culturally on an international stage.
Team USA will be up against the following teams at Leon Lurje:
CANADA – Les Supremes, 2016 Canadian Champions, 5th place finishers at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
FINLAND – Rockettes, Silver Medalists at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
SWEDEN – Team Boomerang, 2016 Swedish Silver Medalists, 10th place finishers at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
SWEDEN – Team Surprise, 2016 Swedish Champions, 6th place finishers at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
TURKEY – Team Vizyon, 25th place finishers at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
UNITED KINGDOM – Wight Jewels, 2016 British Silver Medalists
The team will intensify its training schedule after the winter holidays in preparation for the 10th anniversary of the Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden. On-ice training with coaches and choreographers, off-ice strength and conditioning, mental training, and video review are integral to the team’s success.
For more information on the Leon Lurje Trophy, check in regularly with the official competition website: http://www.leonlurje-trophy.se/
For more information on U.S. Figure Skating and Team USA: http://www.usfsa.org/Athletes.asp?id=339