You’ve probably seen them around Town Square – a group of girls dressed in black, running, stretching and team building – and skating at the Waterville Valley Ice Arena. The Waterville Valley community welcomes back the Hayden Synchro Lexettes summer training camp.
The Hayden Synchronized Skating organization was founded in 1979 in Lexington, Massachusetts by Lynn Benson, a former national singles figure skating competitor and Ice Capades performer. Over the organization’s 38 year history, Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams have been crowned national champions 48 times across the senior, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile divisions.
The Lexettes participating in the Waterville Valley training camp are junior-level athletes who are competing at the second-highest level of figure skating both nationally and internationally. The Lexettes are the 2018 U.S. National Silver Medalists. They represented the U.S. at the 2018 Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenborg, Sweden where they finished second, and at the 2018 French Cup in Rouen, France where they finished third. They have represented the U.S. in world competition for six consecutive years (in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018 at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championship, and in 2014 and 2016 at the ISU Synchronized Skating World Junior Challenge Cup). In recent seasons, they have competed in Mississauga, Canada; Salzburg, Austria; Zagreb, Croatia; Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and Helsinki, Finland.
The Lexettes range in age from 14 to 18 years old and hail from nine U.S. states. Most attend high school, college, or university in the Greater Boston area.
Dottie, who works at the Information Booth in Town Square, snapped these photos of the Lexettes training at the Waterville Valley Ice Arena.