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As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics approach, both athletes and fans are excited to know what new sports will be included in the Olympic program. Among the most anxious athletes are synchronized skaters.

Synchronized skating, started as “precision team skating” in 1954, is a relatively recent sport that has seen a lot of changes throughout the past five decades. Although synchronized skating has been included in the International Skating Union World Championships since the year 2000, the sport is yet to be included in the Olympic Games.

Last year, athletes and fans all over the world pushed for its entry in the 2018 Winter Olympics by creating signs that read  “WhyNotSynchro2018” and “SynchroInPyeongchang” as well as short video clips that promoted the sport.

Flooded by requests, the ISU (International Skating Union) finally decided to act. On September 29, 2014, Ottavio Cinquanta, President of ISU, announced that he sent a request to the IOC, the International Olympic Committee, asking them to consider synchronized skating as a possible addition to the program for 2018.

Ottavio Cinquanta suggested that, if accepted, the synchronized skating competition will have ten teams participating. All groups will skate the short program, but only six will progress to the free program. The selection process of the ten teams is yet to be decided.

The IOC’s will make its final decision in June, 2015.