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Two U.S. teams to compete at Spring Cup

Team Braemar will compete in the junior division at the Spring Cup.
Team Braemar will compete in the junior division at the Spring Cup. (Paul Harvath)

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(02/11/2010) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will make their 2010 international debuts Feb. 13-14 at the 2010 Spring Cup in Milan, Italy. Reigning U.S. junior champion Team Braemar, fresh off its win at the 2010 World Junior Team Selection Competition, will represent the United States in the junior division. Western Michigan University will compete in the senior category.

Competition begins Saturday, Feb. 13 with the junior and senior short programs, with the free skates following Sunday, Feb. 14.

The senior competition consists of 10 teams from six countries: Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United States. In the junior division, there are eight teams from six nations: Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

SENIOR
Western Michigan University (Western Michigan University SC/Kalamazoo, Mich.) placed sixth at last year's U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Portland, Maine. The team won its 2009 international assignment, the Jegvirag Cup in Miskolc, Hungary. Western Michigan University will skate its short program to "Rhythm of the Night" by Valeria and its free skate to a William Joseph medley.

JUNIOR
Team Braemar (Braemar-City of Lakes FSC/Edina, Minn.) will make its second Spring Cup appearance, at which it won silver last year. The team also collected its first U.S. junior title at the 2009 U.S. Synchronized Championships. It will represent the United States in March at the Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Running" by the London Symphony Orchestra, F. Peterson, S. Brightman and K. Hirschbergeris is the team's short program music, and it will perform its free skate to music from the India: Kingdom of the Tiger soundtrack by Michael Brook, "Main Ager Kahoon" by Vishal and Shekar, and "Dhoom Taana" by J. Akhtar.