HAMDEN, CONN., February 2, 2017For the first time in history, U.S. Figure Skating’s World Junior Synchronized Team Selection Event will be held in Connecticut, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) has announced. The Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, 2017 event will determine the two junior skating level teams that will represent Team USA at the 2017 International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in March. The 2017 qualifier will be held in conjunction with the Hamden Figure Skating Association (HFSA) 23rd annual Connecticut Synchro Skating Classic (CSSC) at the International Skating Center of Connecticut (ISCC) in Simsbury, Conn.


“It will be exciting to see thousands of skater athletes from across the nation skating to powerful music in dazzling costumes as they compete for a range of different level awards over two full days of back-to-back synchronized skating programs,” says Elaine Sangiovanni, a Co-Chair of the Connecticut Synchro Skating Classic (CSSC). “The opportunity to host this event in Connecticut is an honor for the Hamden Figure Skating Association, in partnership with the Charter Oak Figure Skating Club and International Skating Center of Connecticut.” Teams are expected to come from as far away as Minnesota.


“We are thrilled that this important national skating event chose Connecticut as its 2017 site,” explains Robert Murdock, Director of Sports Marketing for the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau.”It is expected to generate close to $850,000 in revenue for the Farmington Valley and Greater Hartford areas as visitors stay in nearby hotels, dine in local restaurants, shop, and enjoy our attractions. The skaters, their families, officials, and spectators will utilize approximately 1,000 overnight room nights at seven hotels, with The Simsbury Inn and the Avon Old Farms Hotel serving as headquarter hotels.” Murdock reports an estimated 429 jobs in the hospitality industry will be supported by this event, and over $67,000 in Connecticut Sales Tax will be generated.


Synchronized skating is a growing sport in the United States and around the world. It is a team sport in which between eight and 20 skaters work together to perform highly skilled moves while maintaining precision, timing, formations and challenging sequences. Elements include creativity, circles, wheels, lines, intersections, spins to name a few. There are 14 competition levels, depending upon the age and skill of team athletes. The World Junior Team Selection event has been held annually since 2004. In 2015, the event was held in Dearborn, Mich., and the year before in Marlborough, Mass.


For more information about 2017 Connecticut Synchro Skating Classic (CSSC) at the International Skating Center of CT (ISCC), contact Elaine Sangiovanni or Trish Wang at HFSA/CSSC ctsynchroskatingclassic@gmail.com or visit www.eteamz.com/teamesprit


Working in partnership with the state’s businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations, and their surrounding communities, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) markets all of the state – convention and meeting venues, hotels and attractions, and sporting venues – as a premier destination for international, national, regional and statewide conferences, conventions and major sports events. In the last fiscal year alone, CTCSB business resulted in more than $61.6 million spent by convention, meeting and sports events attendees during their visits to the state, generating more than $4.7 million in Connecticut taxes. Over 22,500 Connecticut jobs in the hospitality industry were supported by these events as a result of these bookings.* The CTCSB is a public-private partnership that is funded by dues from members and by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Connecticut Office of Tourism. The Connecticut Sports Advisory Board, a division of the CTCSB, focuses its efforts on attracting and serving international, national and regional sporting events. For more information about the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, visit www.CTmeetings.org or call 860-728-6789.


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