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Kalamazoo Awarded 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships


Kalamazoo, Mich. – Kalamazoo has been selected as the site for the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships.  The event will be held Feb. 24 to 27 at Wings Stadium and is hosted by the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association.

“The Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association is proud and honored to have been chosen to host this event, and we look forward to sharing this amazing city with members of theskating community from across the country,” said Jo Czuhajewski, president of the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association. 

The U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships crowns the U.S. champions at the juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult and masters levels in addition to serving as the primary selection event for the World Synchronized Skating Championships.  In recent years, the U.S. national championship has hosted approximately 94 teams and 1,500 skaters.

“Wings Stadium is excited to partner with our local businesses and figure skating communities as the host venue for this prestigious event,” added Michael Mortlock, director of operations for Greenleaf Hospitality Group, owner andoperator of Wings Stadium.  “We look forward to welcoming athletes from around the country into our building and our city and will work hard to make this a memorable event for everyone involved.”

The Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association and Wings Stadium successfully hosted the Midwestern/Pacific Coast Synchronized Sectional Championships in 2013, an event that helped land the 2016 national championships.

“We are excited the United States Figure Skating Association has entrusted our community in hosting one of its most prestigious events,” said Greg Ayers, president and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo. “The success of the 2013 Synchronized Skating Sectionals, combined with the efforts of the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association, makes this award possible.”

Synchronized skating consists of teams of 8-20 skaters, flowing as one unit at high speeds over the ice. Spectators will be able to watch skaters in eight competitive divisions ranging from juvenile (13 and younger) to masters (35+) in the nation’s premier synchronized skating event. The Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association hosts a number of local events including the annual Kick Off Classic, which features up to 115 participating teams.

For more information, including how to become a part of the local organizing committee, visit the GKSA website at greaterkzooskate.org.  To learn more about synchronized skating, visit U.S. Figure Skating at usfigureskating.org.
Kalamazoo Awarded 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships
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