Miami Wins Bronze, Colonials Finish Fourth at French Cup

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The Colonials
Photo by Mary Jane Hanlon-Rogers

(1/30/08) – Two U.S. teams will make their 2008 international debuts Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the 2008 French Cup in Rouen, France. Representing the U.S. in the senior division is 2007 World silver medalist Miami University, while the Colonials, the 2007 U.S. junior silver medalists, will compete in the junior division.

The short program will be held Friday, Feb. 1, with the free skate following Saturday, Feb. 2.

This year's senior competition consists of 12 teams from eight countries: Croatia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. In the junior division, there are eight teams from five nations: Finland, France, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States.

The silver medal Miami University Miami University/Oxford, Ohio) won at last year's World Championships was the first World medal of any kind for a U.S. team. Prior to that, the RedHawks finished second at the 2007 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. This year marks the team's second appearance at the French Cup, where it finished ninth in 2002. Miami's will skate its short program this season to “My Discarded Men” by Eartha Kitt and its free skate to “Urban Jungle.”

The Colonials (Colonial FSC/Acton, Mass.) finished fourth at the 2007 French Cup and fifth at the 2007 World Challenge Cup for Juniors. They will skate their short program to “Colors of the Wind” by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and their free skate to a mix of “Separate Ways” by Journey, “The Flame” by Cheap Trick and “I Want It All” by Queen.