Synchronized skating is a large and fast-growing discipline of figure skating where skaters skate on ice as a team, moving as one flowing unit at high speeds.
For a synchronized team to flow in unison, individual skaters must be competent at a variety of skating skills, including speed, footwork and ice presence. The team performs a program set to music, with required formations including circles, lines, blocks, wheels, and intersections. The teams are required to perform step sequences involving a number of various turns such as twizzles, counters and rockers and simpler turns like three-turns, mohawks and choctaws. Teams are required to perform two different routines: a short program and a free skating program. Generally, the short program is more technical in nature, where the free skating is longer and provides an opportunity to showcase expression, emotion and interpretation.
The ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships (WSYSC) are the world championships for synchronized skating. Held since 2000, the WSSC is an annual event organized by the International Skating Union and attracts the most elite teams from around the world to compete. Since the beginning, the top positions have been mainly dominated by Finland and Sweden with seven and six gold medals, respectively.