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Synchronized ice skating team brings home gold

Jan. 28, 2009

The Wisconsin Edge open adult team, the Eble Elite Edgers synchronized ice skating team, brought home a gold from the recent Foot of the Lake Synchronized Classic in Fond du Lac.

The Elite Edgers skated to “The Jersey Boys” during their winning performance. They are the oldest of the Edge’s competitive teams, with skaters ages ranging from 30 to 78 years old. The majority of the team is over the age of 50. Its members come from all over southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

“We had a great time at this competition!” Elite Edgers coach Angela Johnstad said. “Many people don’t know what synchronized ice skating is, but are absolutely captivated when they see the incredible degree of both artistry and athleticism on the ice. It is also wonderful to see that this sport can be participated in by skaters as young as 5 and as old as 105! There is something for everyone.”

Johnstad also coaches several of the other Edge teams, including the preliminary team, which won a gold medal recently at the Dr. Porter Synchronized Skating Classic.

The Foot of the Lake meet included teams from all over the United States. It qualifies the two junior teams that will go on to represent the United States at the 2009 World Synchronized Skating Challenge Cup, which will run Wednesday through Saturday, March 11 though 14, in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

The Edge teams are components of the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club, Inc., a nonprofit organization and a member of the United States Figure Skating Association. They practice at the Pettit National Ice Center.

A video of past routines is available for viewing at wisconsinfsc.org For details, contact Holly Davenport at (414) 975-9730 or via e-mail at holly@sailingcenter.org.

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