MENTOR, Ohio - While most folks in Northeast Ohio are trying to get away from the snow and ice, some young skaters in Mentor are heading to the rink instead.
The Mentor Figure Skating Club Ice Diamonds Synchronized Skating Team is training hard for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, which will be held in Colorado Springs later this month.
The Intermediate level team qualified for the championship by placing 3rd at the 2014 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Sectional Championships in January.
The team skates to music from the movie “Gatsby” and practices at the Mentor Civic Arena.
Synchronized skating is a team sport (people like to call it ‘Rockettes’ on ice) where anywhere from 8-20 skaters perform a routine together of intricate formations and step sequences.
Since being recognized by the ISU as a figure skating discipline in 1994, the sport has grown significantly. U.S. Figure Skating has been working with the International Skating Union to make a formal request to the International Olympic Committee to include Synchronized Skating in future Olympic Games.
The Mentor Figure Skating Club Ice Diamonds Synchronized Skating Intermediate Team includes the following team members:
Carmie Cameratta, Walton Hills, Ohio
Emily Clemente, Mentor, Ohio
Christina DiCola, Mentor, Ohio
Alexander DiCola, Mentor, Ohio
Madeline Shade, Moreland Hills, Ohio
Madeline Franz, Willoughby, Ohio
Caroleena Rosenberg, Erie, Pa
Maria Salomone, Mentor, Ohio
Amy Rizzo, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Hailey Wilson, Novelty, Ohio
Katie Pastor, Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Erica Steinel, Hudson, Ohio
The Mentor Figure Skating club will be host a local competition for area synchronized teams, the 7th Annual Diamond Classic Synchronized Skating Competition, which will be held Feb. 22 at the Mentor Civic Arena.