Summer Olympic sports: synchronized swimming
Synchronized Swimming - one of the most beautiful, spectacular sports. It lies in the fact that athletes perform in the water with music, synchronous motion, depicting a variety of shapes. This sport may seem easy, elegant, but in fact it makes athletes to very high standards. They should be hardy, flexible, perfectly controlling the breath, not to mention the sense of rhythm and artistry.
Despite the fact that the synchronized swimming has been known since the 20s of the last century, and in 1948 at the Olympics in London, the first show of the athletes, the sport has not been able to obtain the status of Olympic. He was treated more as a very beautiful, spectacular show. Only in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, synchronized swimming made its debut as a full sport. Then we passed the competition in singles and doubles.
At the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 instead of the singles and doubles competitions were held in group exercises, that is played out only one set of medals. And, since the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000), played out two sets of awards: in the competitions of duets and team competitions.
Athletes perform two programs: compulsory and optional. In the first case, they must represent certain figures in the second - there are no restrictions, each team chooses the music and choreographic composition. Evaluation of the Ground Jury is made of 10 people, divided into two groups. The first five judges assign grades for program execution technique, the rest - for artistry. The maximum possible score is 10 points.
Synchronized Swimming - one of those sports which are traditionally strong Russian athletes. The national team of our country has been the undisputed favorite for the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, far ahead of the nearest competitors. And a few days ago at the Olympic Games in London, the Russian athlete Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina again won gold medals, leaving rivals literally no chance. They are ahead of Spaniards, who took 2nd place, by as much as four points! All these achievements have been made under the leadership of TN Pokrovsky, the permanent coach of Russia.