Synchronised skaters sparkle despite closure of Isle of Wight's ice rinkWhat is synchronized skating?

The response is pretty much the same whenever Isabella Hesselton’s friends find out that she’s active and successful in synchronized skating.

“They all say that they’ve never heard of it,” said Hesselton, a Central Catholic sophomore from Methuen. “But when I tell them about it, they say it’s cool.”

So what is synchronized skating? It’s a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. It is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. All teams perform a free skate with required well-balanced program elements.

Elements in synchronized skating include blocks, circles, wheels, creative elements, spins and pairs moves. The variety and difficulty of elements require that each team member is a highly skilled individual skater.

Hesselton’s friends shouldn’t feel bad that they’ve never heard of synchronized skating because neither Hesselton nor her parents had heard of it either until they moved to the area from Charlotte, N.C. when she was 7-years-old.

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