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Three U.S. teams to compete at the Prague Cup

Miami University sends two teams along with the Colonials to Europe

Miami University competes at the 2008 U.S. Synchro Championships in Providence, R.I.
Miami University competes at the 2008 U.S. Synchro Championships in Providence, R.I. (Paul Harvath)

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(01/29/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three U.S. synchronized skating teams will vie for gold in the junior and senior categories Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 at the 2009 Prague Cup in the Czech Republic. Miami University, the champions of the 2001 event, will represent the United States in the senior division, while the 2008 U.S. junior silver medalists, the Colonials, and Miami University Junior will compete in the junior division.

The junior and senior short programs will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, followed by the free skates on Sunday, Feb. 1.

This year's senior competition consists of 12 teams from eight countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden and the United States. In the junior field, there are 20 teams from 11 nations: Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Senior

Miami University placed second at the 2008 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and came in third place last year at the French Cup. This will be the team's first appearance at the Prague Cup since it won the event in 2001. The RedHawks will skate their short program to a Beatles medley and their free skate to "Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky.

Junior

The Colonials placed fourth in their international assignment last year, the French Cup. They were seventh at the 2008 World Synchronized Skating Challenge Cup for Juniors. This will be the team's first appearance at the Prague Cup. They will skate their short program to "Suddenly I See" by K.T. Tunstall and their free skate to selections from the Titanic and The Little Mermaid motion picture soundtracks. Also making its debut at the Prague Cup is Miami University Junior, which finished fourth at the 2008 U.S. Synchro Championships. They also were the junior silver medalists at the 2008 Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy. Their short program music is "Alone" by Celine Dion, and their free skate is to a Motown medley.

U.S. entries at the 2009 Prague Cup

Senior
• Miami University (Miami University/Oxford, Ohio)

Junior
• Colonials (Colonial FSC/Acton, Mass.)
• Miami University Junior (Miami University/Oxford, Ohio)

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