The 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships gets under way this week in Colorado Springs, USA.

Teams have been arriving in the US over the past week to acclimatize to the time difference (7 hours behind the UK) and the altitude: the event arena is at more that 1,700 metres, and many competing teams train at not much above sea level. The last particularly high altitude championships, at Courmayeur in 2014, was at only about 1,400 metres. Teams have been able to practice at the nearby US Airforce Academy rink at over 2,000 metres.

The UK is again represented by Team Zariba of Aberdeen, who flew out Tuesday. Zariba managed to raise an impressive £22,829 through fundraising to finance the trip. The Isle of Wight’s Gemma Marsh is flying the flag for Sweden as part of Team Surprise (Sweden 1).

Unofficial practice gets under way tomorrow (5 April). The short programme is on 7 April, starting at 6pm local time until 9.24pm (1am to 4.24 am on 8 April in the UK); the free is on 8 April at 3.45pm to 8.30pm (10.45pm on 8 April to 3.30am on 9 April in the UK). Times are taken from the current schedule at: http://assets.ngin.com

Streaming is via icenetwork in the US and requires a season pass. For the rest of the world, it is streamed free on the ISU skating channel: the competition is typically available at lower resolution on catch-up afterwards if the live viewing times prove too much.

Entries and results: www.isuresults.com/results/season1617/wcsys2017

Streaming (free, embargoed in US): www.eurovisionsports.tv/isu/

Streaming (US only, requires season pass): http://web.icenetwork.com

Official Website: www.2017synchroworlds.com

ISU event page: www.isu.org

The Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships take place from 10 to 11 March in Mississauga, Canada. Great Britain is represented at the event by Nottingham Icicles.

Streaming of the event will be via YouTube, and live results are at http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1617/wjcsys2017/.

According to the current schedule, the short programme runs from 6.30pm to 9.09pm on Friday (UK time 11.30pm Friday to 2.09am Saturday); the free programme from 3pm to 6.22pm on Saturday (UK time 8pm to 11.22pm).

Official site: https://skatecanada.ca

ISU event page: www.isu.org

Results: www.isuresults.com

Streaming (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/SkatingISU

Sometimes, of course, IW synchro team members see fit to cease their involvement with ice skating and focus on something different, such as exams or a career. And sometimes, of course, iowskaters lives up to its promise to highlight the achievements of those former team members – even if it is no longer to do with skating.

Last night saw a big moment in the life of Sarah Close, formerly a member of the junior team incarnation of the Wight Jewels, when her first single, Call Me Out, was released worldwide at midnight. The song can be found on both iTunes and Spotify; the EP to which it belongs becomes fully available in April.

Sarah runs a thriving YouTube channel for her music – the channel has more than 700,000 subscribers at the time of writing.

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNpY7BgxICtDNZDSGtqUdAw

Sarah Close on Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/sarah-close/id497531270

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2YxPNzO1tNxjDJBIGg95YT

Trophy D’Ecosse 2017

IW synchronized skating teams are in action this weekend at the Trophy D’Ecosse in Dumfries, and the teams set off from the Island early this morning. The competition takes place from 10 to 12 February at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

Illness means that senior team Wight Jewels will be skating with only 15 skaters, which affects the choreography of the routines and limits the scores for elements.

Wight Crystals compete in the advanced novice B event, Wight Sparkles in the juvenile event, and Wight Sequins in the elementary event.

Live streaming is by Ryan Thornton of On the Rocks via a YouTube playlist. YouTube is hot on apparent musical copyright violations and if you miss a category live, it may be muted later.

Update (10 February): Wight Sequins were 5th in the elementary category, scoring 16.39. Wight Sparkles were third in the juvenile category, scoring 20.26. Wight Jewels are in fifth place in the seniors on 25.21.

The Sequins were awarded most entertaining programme, repeating their achievement of the British championships.

Update (11 February): Wight Crystals were third in the advanced novice B competion, scoring 24.19.

Wight Jewels scored 56.25 for their free programme in the senior competition, placing them fourth in this section. Overall, however, they narrowly missed advancing a place with a total of 81.46, and finished fifth. The score was their best at an ISU event this season.

Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1oHF3YryNMS-jPoLnbYelm5vtG_ZYbbO

Results: www.iceresultsuk.org.uk/TrophyD’Ecosse/2017/index.htm

Official site: www.trophydecosse.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Trophy-dEcosse-689879894424780/

Synchro try-outs 2017

Wight Jewels: the team continues to skate in spite of the closure of their home ice rink

Wight Jewels: the team continue to skate in spite of the closure of their home ice rink

IW senior synchronized skating team Wight Jewels compete this weekend at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden, which takes place at the Frölundaborg ice rink on 28 and 29 January. The Jewels are up against tough international competition.

Streaming costs SEK 130 for access via one device (PC, iPhone, iPad), and from this event is typically of high quality in our experience. Payment also gives access to on-demand video after the competition. The competition begins at 15.05 GMT on Saturday and at noon on Sunday (CET is one hour later).

Update (28 January): Wight Jewels scored 23.95 for their Bollywood-themed short programme and are in 7th place.

Update (29 January): Wight Jewels scored 41.57 in the free for a total of 65.52 and 7th place overall.

The Jewels, of course, have no ice rink since AEW Europe shut it down in 2016. They get about one and a half hours’ skating a week at other ice rinks late at night, and many of them have no opportunity to increase that skating time as individuals each week. The fact that they are able to compete at all this season is a tribute to their hard work and dedication.

Official site: www.leonlurje-trophy.se

Streaming: https://studio.leonlurje-trophy.se

Results: http://skatesweden.wehost.se/16-17/Synchro/LeonLurje/html/index.htm

The Mozart Cup takes place in Salzburg on 20 to 22 January. There is UK interest at senior level with Wales & West’s Team Spirit out to get points for NISA’s qualifying formula for the worlds.  Nottingham’s Icicles compete at junior level and Shadows at advanced novice.

Streaming is presented by Ryan Thornton of On The Rocks (Facebook). Links will be on the Livestream section of the Mozart Cup site.

ISU categories take place according to the following schedule (all UK times, CET is one hour later, and times are subject to change):

Friday 20 January
1.30pm–2.08pm Basic novice
2.30pm–4.12pm Junior short
4.27pm–5.59pm Senior short

Saturday 21 January
1.15pm–2:15pm Advanced novice
3.30pm–5.45pm Junior free
6.00pm–8:05pm Senior free

Sunday features the non-ISU events.

Results: http://skateaustria.lvps91-250-98-130.dedicated.hosteurope.de/img/competition/2.2016_17/00015/index.htm
Livestream links: https://www.mozartcup.biz/livestream/
Official site: www.mozartcup.biz