For the first time ever, a synchronized skating
team from Loudon County is advancing to the US National Championships being
held this week in Colorado Springs, CO.
Team Ashburn Synchronized Skating’s Intermediate team is made of up 15 high school girls from Northern Virginia. Each has been skating on average for seven years; they have been working on this year's program since the summer. When asked about the significance of their accomplishment, skater Jordan Golomb commented, “I have been skating and training with this team for this moment for six years. We can’t wait to go to Colorado! We are so ready!”
The Intermediate level is considered the most difficult because it has the largest number of teams competing for the fewest slots to advance Nationals. In fact, no other skating team from the DC area has qualified for Nationals at this level. In Colorado, Team Ashburn will be competing against the top 12 teams out of 40 in the nation.
While this is Ashburn’s first trip to Nationals, the team is already looking ahead. With only three seniors leaving this year, and a solid pipeline at the younger levels of more than 100 up and coming skaters, the Team plans to become a fixture at the National level in future years.
Synchronized skating is not currently an Olympic sport, though there is push for it to be an exhibition sport in 2018. It is a team sport in which 8-20 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. As with the other disciplines, all teams perform a free skate with required well-balanced elements.
Team Ashburn practices at the Ashburn Ice house and auditions for next season start in March. Their website is www.teamashburn.org.