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Synchronicity on top of skating world

Team earns gold in second year of existence

The Denver Synchronicity skated to gold Friday.
The Denver Synchronicity skated to gold Friday. (Paul Harvath)

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By Mickey Brown, special to icenetwork.com
(02/22/2008) - In just its second year in existence, Denver Synchronicity (Denver FSC) is on top of the skating world.

After a silver-medal finish last season, Synchronicity received six of nine first-place ordinals to take the masters title Friday afternoon at the 2008 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

"[Medaling last year] put some confidence in them," head coach Alicia Carr said. "They knew [winning here] was possible, and that they could pull together like they have."

The team's theme this year is "Love," and its program includes such classics as Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and a rarely heard version of Etta James' "At Last." Their free skate starts out peppy, then changes to elegant, and finishes fun and sassy.

Wearing red velvet dresses, the members of Synchronicity clearly enjoyed themselves from beginning to end.

"They have a wonderful love of skating -- that's why they're here doing it," Carr said. "This program is an easy way to get them to portray that, and show it off and enjoy every little bit they're giving out there."

Taking the silver was Evolution (Detroit SC), its first ever U.S. medal. The team skated to a series of Police tunes: "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Message in a Bottle." The members wore red and black dresses (except for the one male member, who dressed in all black) during their nicely flowing, well-choreographed program.

"We're lucky enough to have fairly strong skaters who have a lot of synchro experience that we could build upon. We wanted to challenge them this season and incorporate [more difficult elements], like an open block," team captain Jennifer Desimone said. "We put it out there, and they rose to the challenge."

Returning to the podium for the first time since 2005, Esprit de Corps (Hayden Recreation Centre) earned the bronze. Their "Rose" program was soft and sentimental and probably would have put them higher in the final standings if not for a two-person fall toward the end.

Ice Force One (Washington FSC) was not disappointed after finishing fourth, their worst result in four years.

"Somebody said in the locker room before we left: 'this is the reward'," said team captain Emily Mayer. "Meaning it's not what you get after you get off ice, but being able to be here and perform."