[Carlos Aguilera]: 4 Things about Synchronized Swimming You Didn’t Know
Synchronized swimming is a beautiful an attractive water sport that combines dance, gymnastics and swimming. This sport has some modalities: solos, duets, trios, combos or teams, which present a synchronized routine made up by artistic moves accompanied by music. As every other water sport, synchronized swimming has its fun facts, curious and interesting curiosities that can result very attractive to general public; because we know you enjoy knowing more about amazing water sports, we brought a list of 4 facts about this sport you will like to discover.
- Never to the bottom
During the performances of synchronized swimming the pool bottom is off-limits. Swimmers have to “tread” on the water, or push it, in constant moves in order to free up their arms and make it look like if they are comfortably standing. That is how you see swimmers as if they are standing on the floor. In case they touch the bottom, they can lose two points.
- No one practice like them
Synchronized swimmers usually train and practice their routines more than most other Olympic athletes. Swimmers in this sport can spend more than 5 days per week improving their routines and eight hours per day: six in the pool and two hours on land in order to improve overall performance.
- Holding their breath!
Goggles are forbidden, nose clips aren’t. In fact, most swimmers use nose clips in order to help with holding their breath. Many of them keep a pair of those in their suits. It’s incredible, but some swimmers can hold their breath for more than three minutes! However, most synchro routines require no more than one minute of breath-holding.
There are two parts considered in a synchronized swimming competition. There is the technical routine, when athletes are expected to perform a series of movements and positions. The artistic part is also considered; this is the free routine, which is set to music that swimmers can hear even underwater, thanks to underwater speakers.
By [Carlos Aguilera].