11-Year-Old Synchronized Skater Performs at Nationals

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Margaret Amory, of Milford, competed last week at the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.  The event was held March 2—5, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The 11 year old skater of the Delaware Synchronized Skating team was one of 17 members of the ice skating team that practices weekly at the University of Delaware. The team is compiled from skaters from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The United States Figure Skating Association describes synchronized skating as “a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and dance and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. As with the other disciplines, all teams perform a free skate with required well-balanced program elements.”

The competition in Ontario last Thursday came from many months of hard work. The Delaware Synchronized Skating team has been practicing together since June of 2010.  The theme of the three minute long program performed at the National Championships was “A day at the rodeo” and featured songs like Cotton Eyed Joe and Oh Suzanna. There were 13 teams competing in the juvenile division from across the United States.  The Delaware team placed sixth in California, their highest placing in national competition for the juvenile division.

Although Margaret has been ice skating for five years this is her first year in competition.  “I wasn’t nervous. Our coaches always taught us to just go out there and have fun,” said Margaret. In the future Margaret hopes to improve her skills and move to higher levels of competition.  She “hopes to keep working hard and having fun.”

Margaret enjoyed herself in California and was so excited to experience the sunny weather. “The trip was very interesting. It was so cold back home and in California we were enjoying the warm days and the pool.” Margaret especially enjoyed meeting kids from around the country that are interested in skating at all levels. “It was really neat to see the older, higher skilled skater performed.  I was amazed by some of the things they could do,” commented Margaret.

Margaret will be performing next with the Bay Country Figure Skating Club in Harrington, DE at the Spring Ice Show. She will perform Adventures in Neverland on April 8 at 6pm and April 9 at 10am and 4:30pm. The event is open to the public.