Two U.S. Teams to Compete at 2014 Junior World Challenge Cup(3/6/14) - Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete at the 2014 Junior World Challenge Cup (JWCC), set to take place March 7-9, 2014, in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
The Lexettes (Hayden Recreation Centre FSC) will make their second appearance at the Junior World Challenge Cup after placing sixth at the event last year. Earlier this month, the Lexettes won the junior title at the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Saga Krantz, Kendra Flanagan and Genevieve Coulombe.
Chicago Jazz (Chicago FSC) will return to this event for the first time since 2009, when they placed sixth. The team most recently placed fourth at the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Lisa Darken, Paula Bischoffer and Jaime Catalano.
Team USA is determined annually at the World Junior Synchronized Team Selection Competition, which is held each January in conjunction with a nonqualifying competition. The top two finishers at that event earn a trip to the JWCC. The U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships are held about a week prior to the JWCC, which does not allow U.S. Figure Skating to use the event as a qualifier.
The field consists of 19 teams (approximately 500 skaters) representing 14 countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.