Synchronized skating is a figure skating discipline. Unlike the traditional figure skating disciplines, who were performed alone or in a couple, this discipline required teams that usually ranged from 8 to 20 skaters. Much of the discipline consists of maintaining precise formations as well as timing the moves properly among the team.
In an alternate timeline caused by the Q Continuum, they showed the crew of the RIS Bouteina footage from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games synchronized skating competitions (which was then the inaugural Olympic occurrence) as well as some backstage footage. (RIS Bouteina: "Limit at Plus Infinity")
Some friends of the RIS Bouteina writer formed the source of inspiration of using that sport as a plot device of an episode. These two friends were members of a real-world synchronized skating team who was ranked 6th in the world in 2009, Les Suprêmes.