Definition: Synchronized skating
was called precision skating at one time. The original emphasis was for a group of skaters to keep tight formations and to march to precise rhythms. Precision teams looked a bit like drill teams or marching bands, and the first precision teams resembled New York City's famous Rockettes, but did routines on the ice. Synchronized skating of today requires much more complicated skating than the original precision skating teams.
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In 1998, the name "Precision Skating" was officially changed to "Synchronized Skating
Precision skating was also called Drill Team skating.
A highlight of precision skating was when a group of twelve to twenty-four skaters skated together and formed a pinwheel while linking arms and skating around a central point. A kick line is also one of the highlights of a precision team number.
It is said that the "father of precision skating" is Dr. Richard Porter who formed the first precision skating team, the Hockettes, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The team was meant to entertain during University of Michigan's hockey game intermissions.
Competitive precision skating became popular in the 1970s, and the sport grew. The first precision skating competition took place in 1976 in Michigan. Teams from both the United States and Canada competed against one another at that event.
Although competitive precision skating became popular in the 1970s, precision skating was done in professional ice skating shows such as the Ice Follies beginning in the 1930s. Precision skating is still done in ice skating shows such as Disney on Ice and in Holiday on Ice.