The annual U.S. Figure Skating Coaches College and Training Festival was held in Newark, Del. on July 24-25 with the highest attendance ever. Coaches from all around the world learned about the new ISU rule changes for the upcoming year. Along with all the technical rule changes and updates, U.S. Figure Skating shared some exciting news regarding synchronized skating’s journey to become an Olympic sport.
According to Wendy Enzmann, one of the judges on the panel at the 2014 World Synchronized Skating Championships in Courmayeur, Italy, the IOC was in attendance at the Championship event. This marked the first time in the history of synchronized skating that the IOC was present for a World Championship. The IOC will also be in attendance at some of the international competitions this season.
There is a lot of discussion on what the ISU and U.S. Figure Skating and other governing bodies can do to get synchronized skating into the Olympics. There are a few things for certain. The quality of the skating and the quality of each athlete must be Olympic quality. Skaters should be training edges, turns, jumps, spins, and lifts to be better than they’ve ever been before. All skaters and coaches need to showcase athleticism in every possible way.
Creativity will also be key. Coaches and choreographers need to be innovative in the flow of their program, the transitions, and even the individual elements. Some of the rule changes this year, found here, allow for more flexibility in the choreography leaving it open for coaches to try new things.
Our sport is still young and growing. It improves every year and will continue to do so with everyone’s sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.