Miami Senior Team at
Miami University’s senior synchronized skating team takes to the ice this weekend for its final competition of 2012-13 as the RedHawks are one of two teams representing the United States of America at the ISU World Championships in Boston, Mass. April 5-6.
The RedHawks earned a berth to the World Championships with a second-place finish at the U.S. National Championships in early March. It is Miami’s 10th World Championship appearance and its first since 2011.
In its last competition at the National Championships, the RedHawks shattered their previous season high marks for both their short program and free skate, while topping their best combined score of the season by more than 40 points.
For the second straight year, the RedHawks seized the Professional Skaters Association award for best performance at the National Championships, earning the honor in 2013 for their free skate program. Miami's free skate program is set to music from the 1920s, while its short program is themed Dance Macabre.
The RedHawks have had a strong season and try to medal at the World Championships for just the second time in program history. Miami’s silver medal at the 2007 World Championships was the first medal won by a U.S. team at the event and remains the highest world championship finish by a U.S. team. Earning a bronze medal earlier this season at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Goteborg, Sweden, the senior team owns the only international medal won by a U.S. senior team in 2012-13.
Of its 10 World Championship berths, this is Miami’s first appearance at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in the three times it has been held in the United States. There are 20 teams from 15 different countries competing in this year’s world championships.
Breakdown of the World Championships
Competition Field (20 teams): Miami University (USA), Haydenettes (USA), Nova (Australia), Nexxice (Canada), Les Supremes (Canada), Zagreb Snowflakes (Croatia), Olympia (Czech Republic), Team Unique (Finland), Marigold IceUnity (Finland), Les Zoulous (France), Team Berlin 1 (Germany), Team Passion (Hungary), Hot Shivers (Italy), Jungu Ice Messengers Grace (Japan), Merging Edge (Mexico), Paradise (Russia), Tartarstan (Russia), Team Sun Things (South Africa), Team Surprise (Sweden), Team Boomerang (Sweden)
Short Program: Friday, April 5 - 7 p.m.
Free Skate Program: Saturday, April 6 – 3:15 p.m.