Westport has a new national champion.
Sonya Danchak’s Skyliners team took 1st place at the US Synchronized Skating Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tri-state squad competes in the juvenile division.
Sonya — a Bedford Middle School 7th grader– performed to music from “9 to 5.” Eight of the 9 judges gave the team the top grade. The national title capped a season in which the Skyliners won gold medals at every event they entered.
Synchronized skating is exactly what it sounds like. 8 to 20 skaters combine speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. There are 600 synchronized teams in the US. The sport may be included at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
If it is, Sonya may be there.
Kalamazoo today — Beijing tomorrow!