Synchronized skating was started in 1958 by Dr. Richard Porter at the University of Michigan. Since its inception synchronized skating has been the fastest growing discipline in US figure skating.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, several clubs surrounding the Cleveland area formed synchronized skating clubs. There were so many teams that a special CIC competition was held each spring just for synchronized skating. At that time, Garfield Hts FSC formed a synchro dynasty that lasted for over 20 years. In 1998, Colleen Thomas, a coach from Garfield SST introduced synchronized skating to Mentor. Synchronized skating was briefly part of the Mentor program in the late 1980’s but the program was not sustained. Under the direction of Colleen, Mentor was able to form teams that compete each year since 1998 in the Dr. Porter competition as well other non-qualifying and Sectional championships. The Ice Diamonds hope to combine a skaters love of skating with a team sport. Synchronized skating is for skaters of all ages providing for 3 Beginner levels as well as 13 other divisions. All divisions have age requirements and several divisions also have skill requirements. For more information regarding the synchronized skating pipeline and anything related to synchronized skating go to USFSA.org.