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DC EDGE channels their energy into gold medal

by JOSH ELLIS Skating to a program that

portrayed the transition of tele- vision from black and white to color, DC EDGE departed the World Arena with the gold medal. “T ey performed with a

lot of presentation and smooth- ness,” coach Jenny DiSimone said. “T ey looked fabulous out there and I think their hard work has defi nitely paid off .” With

a TV screen shown

across the middle of their costumes depicting the classic color bars you may see when your service is out of order, DC EDGE skated to music from “Bewitched,” “I Love Lucy” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” T eir top-notch elements complement- ed their component score, which was second-best in the event. T e team’s intersection received a Lev- el 3 and 5.80 points, the top-scor- ing element of the competition. T e victory was extra

sweet for the team from the Washington

(D.C.) Figure

Skating Club, as it has faced a few obstacles this campaign. “Life happens in the adult

team division,” DiSimone said. “We have had what we call adult

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team problems this season.” One skater relocated due

to work, and two could not compete due to pregnancy, but

despite that, DC EDGE

was able to stay the course. T e Crystallettes secured

the silver medal, skating a di- va-themed program. T e team from Dearborn, Mich., performed to a trio of songs that embody strong, empowered women. One member of the team,

Katilyn Peterson, certainly carried the program’s message throughout the week. She is the captain of the Crystallettes senior team which won the silver medal and World Team berth, and served as coach for the Crystallettes intermedi- ate team. It was the fi rst time she had competed on the adult team. “I have watched these girls compete for years, and they have always been an in- spiration to me,” Peterson said. “Now that I’m able to compete with them, it’s just awesome.” For Peterson, her lifelong joy

of synchronized skating is also a family aff air, as her mom and aunt both serve as coaches for the team.

“I think this is what

proves that synchronized skat- ing is something that engages a person for their whole life,” coach Holly Malewski said. T e Crystallettes earned 34.82 points for their com- ponents,

the top score for

that segment in the event. It was a homecoming of

sorts for Denver Synchronici- ty, performing just a short trip down I-25, and the music and program matched that feel. Skating to hits from the Wiz-

ard of Oz, there was no place like home for Denver Synchronicity, who earned the bronze medal. T e team representing the

Denver FSC had been building toward this moment and left the ice having skated a clean program. “We were really trying to peak at the U.S. Champion-

ships,” team member Eve Ikeler said. “We did just that. We are really happy with how we skated.” Less than a point from sec- ond place, Esprit de Corps from the Hayden Recreation Centre FSC in Lexington, Mass., fi nished with the pewter medal.


DC EDGE!, 58.48


Crystallettes, 55.97


Denver Synchronicity, 55.48


Esprit de Corps 55.11



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