By Bridget Richard
As an athlete, there is no comparable feeling to viewing the Olympics every two years. There is an always overwhelming sense of camaraderie, sportsmanship, national and international pride, and bewilderment from the capabilities of the human body. People young and old are humbled and inspired by stories of tragedy and triumph that take place through acts of physical exertion. So imagine my disappointment every four years in the Winter Olympics when the sport that I have been involved in for over five years, synchronized ice skating, is not included.
Becoming a formally competitive sport in 1954 with the help of Dr. Richard Porter, synchronized ice skating has now become the fastest growing discipline of ice skating around the world. And with the U.S Synchronized Skating Championships wrapping up in Warwick, Rhode Island, this last weekend to kick off the month of March, many synchronized skaters and officials alike are looking hopefully to the 2018 Olympics as the next big venue.
Many skaters and coaches say, “If synchronized swimming is an Olympic sport, why not synchronized skating?” The difference is mostly due to the fact that synchronized skating is a newer discipline with issues associated with Winter Olympic bureaucracy and scheduling.
It is hard to say that synchronized skating does not deserve to be an Olympic sport after watching the long program from The Haydenettes, a synchronized skating team from Lexington, Massachusetts, who won the U.S. Championships this past weekend:
They exemplify the energy, coordination, teamwork, and dedication that pertains to all other Olympic sports.