The Strange but Beautiful Art of Synchronized Swimming

From eerie fairytale inspired routines to over the top outfits and makeup, TIME presents the best pictures of the glamorous yet misunderstood sport of synchronized swimming at the 2012 London Olympics.

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From eerie fairytale inspired routines to over the top outfits and makeup, TIME presents the best pictures of the glamorous yet misunderstood sport of synchronized swimming at the 2012 London Olympics.

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10 comments
FrillArtist
FrillArtist

It's just another made up "sport" by the IOC to give Western countries more "events" to win possible gold.

Mike259
Mike259

Anyone can enter and participate...

gotohealth
gotohealth

 This is one the most challenging and difficult sports in the Olympics. The fitness requirement is off the charts...go ladies.

FrillArtist
FrillArtist

"Anyone"? Is that why men aren't allowed to compete in synchronized swimming?

But...but...anyone can enter and participate. But...but...the Olympics are all about equality that's why women can box but men can't sync swim.

Mike259
Mike259

Yeah any woman in the world can enter. What's the problem with that?

Why..why..why.. you want to do synch swiming and they won't let you? Want some cheese with that whine?

Laura AngéLica
Laura AngéLica

i'm curios as to why they call it 'strange' 

Mike259
Mike259

Me too. The facial expressions, maybe?


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