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Two U.S. teams to compete at French Cup

2011 U.S. Synchro sectionals also begin this week

Team Braemar will compete in the junior event at the French Cup.
Team Braemar will compete in the junior event at the French Cup. (Lauren Magliola)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(02/03/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete this weekend at the 17th French Cup in Rouen, France. The Crystallettes, the 2010 U.S. silver medalists, will compete at the senior level, while reigning U.S. junior champion Team Braemar will participate as juniors. The event takes place Feb. 4-6 at the Rouen Ice Rink.

The Crystallettes, representing the Dearborn FSC in Dearborn, Mich., have medaled at seven consecutive U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships dating back to 2004. A year ago, they made their first appearance at the World Synchronized Skating Championships since 2004, placing ninth. Led by coaches Shannon Peterson, Holly Teets, Kevin O'Keefe, Ann Bar and Sundae Bafo-LaBel, the team earned gold at its international assignment last season, the Prague Cup.

Team Braemar, out of Edina, Minn., continues its season after earning a berth to the 2011 Junior World Synchronized Skating Challenge Cup by placing second last month at the World Junior Team Selection Competition in Fond du Lac, Wis. A season ago, the Braemar-City of Lakes FSC representatives finished fourth at the Junior World Challenge Cup after winning their second consecutive U.S. junior title and placing second at the Spring Cup.

Finland's Team Unique, the 2009 World silver medalists, looks to improve on a second-place finish at this event a year ago, while their country mates, the Musketeers, who won the 2010 junior edition of this event, will be back in Rouen to defend their title.

2011 U.S. SYNCHRONIZED SKATING SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Also being held this week are the three synchronized skating sectional championships, which serve as qualifiers for the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. The top four finishers at each sectional championships -- Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast -- earn a berth to the U.S. Synchronized Championships, March 2-5 in Ontario, Calif.