Celebrating 30 Years!
As Cleveland’s longest established Synchronized Skating Club, the Cleveland Ice Storm(formerly Cleveland Edges) have a long history of competition success. Our Adult/Master’s team has qualified for the U.S National Championship every year from 1991-2011. In 2012, the team moved to the Open Adult category and had an undefeated season, including becoming the Midwest Sectional Champions! In 2005, the Open Juvenile team was the first Ohio team to ever qualify for the U.S National State Games Championship, where they placed 2nd. In 2007, the Pre-Juvenile team also placed 2nd at the National State Games, competing in the Open Juvenile Category. During the 2013-2014 season, The Cleveland Ice Storm Preliminary team placed 2nd at Sectionals, earning them a trip to the U.S. Nation Championships, and the Pre-Juvenile team placed 4th at the Midwestern Synchronized Sectionals.
SYNCHRONIZED TEAM SKATING began at the University of Michigan in 1958 as an addition to their hockey program. Since then team skating has become the fastest growing aspect of figure skating throughout the world. Skaters as young as 4 and as old as 75 skate as a group to music. Synchronized skating has been likened to the “Rockettes” On Ice. In recent years, there has been a push to include Synchronized Skating as an Olympic event, with the hope that this may become a reality in the 2022 Olympic Games.
The CLEVELAND ICE STORM SKATING CLUB began in 1985 as two separate groups. The youth program was founded by Marcia Sherman, as the Riverettes, at the Rocky River Ice Rink. At the same time an adult team, the Synchroblades, was founded by Ann Ward at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. In 1992, the Synchroblades moved to the Greenbrier F.S.C. and adopted a new name, Cleveland Edges. During the mid 1990’s the adult and youth programs merged to form the current Cleveland Edges teams. During this time the program represented 3 different figure skating clubs, skating out of 4 different ice arenas. In 2003 the entire program moved to the North Olmsted Recreation Complex to provide a single home for all teams. In 2017 we adopted the new name, Cleveland Ice Storm. Our club has grown from 3 teams with 30 total members, to over 120 members with as many as 8 competitive teams in a season.