Three minute walking tour of Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
While at first glance, the logo may appear to pay homage to the host cities of East Grand Forks, Minnesota and Grand Forks, North Dakota, the images present in the logo were specifically selected to capture the character shared between the host cities and the teams competing at the 2017 Midwestern Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Section Championships.
It is said character is defined by historical events. The 1997 Red River flooding of the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is quite possibly the single most defining historical event for the cities and the people of the two communities. It was a time in the history when the cities were flooded, homes and businesses were destroyed and entire communities were evacuated, not knowing when or what they would come home to.
With the future unknown, it was not the effects of the natural disaster that defined the communities,
it was the way in which the communities responded that defined them. Through support, perseverance and sheer will, they rebuilt that was destroyed and are now bigger and stronger than they were twenty years ago.
It is the same character traits instrumental in shaping the new Grand Cities that can be found in our successful synchro teams. It is for this reason, iconic symbols synonymous with the Grand Cities flooding and the recovery were chosen for this logo.
While looking at the logo, know that the red and blue represent the blood, sweat and tears that go into accomplishing a goal which at times can seem unsurmountable. The Surley Bridge (one of the last bridges to close during the 97 flooding) signifies the strength of the skaters as they move from one starting point to their ultimate goal. The flood memorial monument symbolizes the perseverance of the individuals coming together to accomplish the cohesiveness as a team and to serve as a reminder of their past and how instrumental it is in shaping their present and future.
Whatever the future holds for these skaters, one thing is for sure, much like the communities of the Grand Cities, their experiences during the 2017 Midwestern Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Section Championships, were influenced by what occurred in their past and will help shape who they will become. We wish them all the best.