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Skating championships in Hoffman Estates

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Submitted by Sears Centre

The 2014 Midwestern/Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships are being held Thursday, Jan. 23, through Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates.

The event is comprised of teams from the city and suburbs performing in U.S. Figure Skating competition against teams from the Midwest and Pacific Coast sections.

The public is welcome to attend. For schedule and ticket information, visit

Teams, including talented skaters competing for the Starlights of Buffalo Grove/Vernon Hills, will test their skills in one of the largest competitions of the season. The event features 2,700 skaters representing 171 synchronized skating teams. The top teams will advance to the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Feb. 26 to March 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In synchronized skating, teams of 12 to 20 skaters perform in unison, executing difficult turns and creating patterns while moving at high speeds.