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.
In 1998, the name "Precision Skating" was officially changed to "Synchronized Skating." Complicated footwork and steps, lifts, jumps, and spins are included in synchronized skating programs. The teams skate together using various holds which include basic shoulder holds, hooking elbows, hand holds, basket weave holds, and not holding at all.