LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Olympic Center will host the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, with about 150 teams expected to participate.
"This event has great impact on our destination for a couple of reasons," said Kimberly Rielly, director of communications for ROOST. "First, the athletes and their entourages are staying not only in Lake Placid, but are also spread out into the surrounding communities. Plus, they start arriving on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and mid-week overnight stays have an even greater impact in winter."
Synchronized skating is a figure skating discipline in which between eight and 20 competitors skate together in a group and work in unison to complete a skating program. There are special moves in synchronized skating that require extreme precision and timing, such as the wheel and circle elements. Number of skaters on a team depends on the level of the team. Skaters of all ages and abilities can participate.
There are special levels offered only at the sectional championships, including preliminary, pre-Juvenile, open juvenile, open collegiate and open adult categories.
Skaters in the juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters events are competing to qualify for the US Synchronized Skating Championships, to be held on Feb. 27 to March 2 in Plymouth, Mich.
In the last Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, Lake Placid has played host to such major teams as the Haydenettes, who are 20-time national champions at the senior level.
"A skating event of this caliber certainly underscores Lake Placid's long association with skating, and it provides great exposure to our destination," Rielly said.
Competition begins Jan. 31 at 11:55 a.m., in the 1932 Arena.