15 things you didn’t know about Synchronised Swimming.
Here are 15 cool facts on the underdog of pool sports — synchronized swimming, an aquatic event that fuses gymnastics, endurance, strength, and… horse cartilage?
1. It’s “synchro.” Synchronized swimming — called “synchro” by those in the know — is a blend of meticulously coordinated acrobatics, swimming, and dance. Synchro requires tremendous grace, core strength, flexibility, breath control, split-second timing, and endurance. Don’t be deceived by the glitzy performance and lipsticked smiles on the athletes’ faces — this sport is anything but easy.
2. Ballet, no more. Synchro began as “water ballet” in the late 19th century. It was later introduced to the US by the glass tank performer Annette Kellerman. The sport was further pioneered by Katherine Curtis, who fine-tuned the water acrobatics. Though official competitions launched in the 1930’s, synchro was not included in the Olympics until the 1984 Los Angeles Games, displacing women’s softball.