The summer heat doesn’t mean winter athletes aren’t getting their training in. One local ice skater is training in Sun Prairie, preparing to move out of Wisconsin to join an exclusive synchronized skating team.
"[Synchronized skating] is the perfect blend of artistry and athleticsm," said Alexandria Anderson, a recent Sun Prairie graduate. "We do some really cool program themes. We’ve done Hamilton, we’ve done Dear Evan Hansen. It’s just really fun to see what teams come up with."
Before graduating high school, Anderson tried out for the Dearborn Crystalletes. She was invited to join the team almost immediately. Based out of Michigan, the squad is one of the best synchronized ice skating teams in the country.
"Their senior team competes with Team USA internationally and has won a few national titles," said Anderson. "[They compete] at nationals every year. They’re a very prestigious team."
The Crystallettes are made up of 16 all-female skaters, skating mostly in unison.
"It’s hard to get everyone to do the exact same position," said Anderson. "The exact same hands, the exact same [tilt of the] head."
That’s why Anderson works out 4-5 times a week in addition to another 6-10 hours spent on the ice skating – all to perfect her craft.
"I really am excited to represent Team USA and that will happen this season," said Anderson. "I want to make it to the World Championships one day with my team."
Another goal is the Olympics. Right now, the sport is not a part of the winter games, but the International Skating Union wants it to be added in 2022.
"That would be just unbelievable," said Anderson. "I don’t think I would know how to handle that."
In addition to skating for the Crystallettes, Anderson will also enroll at Wayne State University.