Synchronized swimming - The Russian team at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016

  • Mar 09, 2018
Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_02 At the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 the Russian synchronized swimmers managed to impress the jury with their choreographic skills, technique and consummate artistry and win gold

Synchronized swimming - one of the most attractive and spectator sports. It is difficult to imagine what efforts are worth preparing for the competition: athletes have to show real miracles on the water in order to achieve a prize. At the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Russian synchronizers managed to impress the jury with their choreographic skills, technicality and unsurpassed artistry. But what are the victories, and how do girls manage to achieve such impressive results? Was it easy to win gold again? You will learn about this after reading this article.

Synchronized-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_10 basic idea of ​​synchronized swimming - a performance on the water under the musical accompaniment of various complex shapes


  • 1 What's synchronized swimming?
  • 2 How did synchronous swimming occur?
  • 3 Synchronized swimming development in Russia
  • 4 Being synchronized: basic requirements
  • 5 Russian synchroists in Rio: pure victory
  • 6 Bad conditions are not a hindrance to victory!
  • 7 Duet: Tale Water
  • 8 «Prayer": emotional program Russian synchronized swimmers
  • 9 real fighter
  • 10 Olympic scandals
  • 11 Interesting facts: perfectAppearance

What is synchronous swimming? Synchronized swimming is one of the many water sports. The main idea of ​​synchronized swimming is the performance on the water under the musical accompaniment of various complex figures. This sport is considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular, because the athletes is not only important to know how long to stay on the water and enjoy the uncommon physical training, but also to demonstrate the elegance and grace. In addition, you need to be able to control your own breathing, because to perform complex shapes it is required to stay underwater for quite some time.

The competition includes two programs: technical and long. The technical part is the synchronization of a certain set of figures. In the long program, restrictions are completely absent: synchronists have the right to fully demonstrate their talents and training.

The evaluation system in this sport is similar to the one adopted in figure skating. That is, the artistry of synchronicities is evaluated, and the technique of program execution.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_19 This sport is considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular

How did synchronized swimming?

Synchronized swimming was "invented" in the 1920s in Canada. At first, this sport was called "ballet on the water."For the first time in the program of the Olympiad, synchronized swimming was decided to be included in 1948: however, at that time these were just demonstration competitions. Full Olympic discipline of synchronized swimming was only in 1984, when at the Games in Los Angeles held singles and doubles competition in this beautiful sport.

Despite the fact that synchronized swimming is considered a purely female sport, one of its "Founding Fathers" is a man. During his trip to England, Benjamin Franklin demonstrated several figures of "ornamental swimming" in the Thames. It is this performance that many sports historians consider the starting point of modern synchronized swimming. By the way, the name of Franklin can be seen in the International Hall of Fame on swimming: the US president did a lot to popularize water sports.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_ full-fledged Olympic discipline of synchronized swimming was only in 1984

development of synchronized swimming in Russia

In Russia synchronized swimming appeared in the 1920s. Originally it was called "artistic swimming".Synchronicists performed not only in competitions, but also in the circus arena, impressing spectators with their talents and amazing acrobatic etudes on the water. By the way, the debut of Russian( at that time still Soviet) athletes was planned for 1984, but the performance did not take place because the USSR boycotted the Olympics in Los Angeles in response to the boycott of the Soviet Olympics in 1981.

After the Soviet Union ceased to exist, the Russian school of synchronized navigation continued its development. The first victory at the Olympics team won in 1998 in Australia. Since then, our team has consistently won at all the Olympics. The Russian team did not make mistakes for as long as 16 years. It did not happen at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Synchronized-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_14 The Russian team did not make mistakes for as long as 16 years. It did not happen at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Be synchronic: the basic requirements of the

Synchro sportsmen have a hard time. After all, they need not only to master the choreography perfectly and to learn how to feel music, but also to work perfectly in a team, but also to transfer quite impressive loads.

Each performance has a certain theme, which is expressed both by music and expressive movements of the girls. Athletes show on the water various drawings that change each other, as in a kaleidoscope. The transition from one "picture" to another is carried out when the girls are under water or lie on their backs.

Sometimes athletes have to stay under water for a few minutes. Therefore, in order to not accidentally inhale water, special clamps are used on the nose.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_13 Athletes demonstrate various drawings on the water that follow each other, like in a kaleidoscope

Interesting! During the competition underwater, powerful dynamics are set up, thanks to which the synchro-hearers hear music throughout their performance and achieve stunning synchronicity in their movements.

Russian synchronists in Rio: a clean victory

The Synchronized Swimming Team from Russia in 2016 was able to confidently take the first place. The second place was won by Chinese athletes, the third was the team from Japan.

Not surprisingly, the judges rated the program so highly. Natalia Ischenko, a five-time synchronized swimming champion, said in her interview that the program in Rio was the best one ever. Emotional intensity was so high that at the end of her speech the girls could not hold back their tears. Well, after the results were announced, and it became clear that Russian athletes could not bypass anyone, tears of relief were replaced by tears of joy.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_15 Synchronized swimming team from Russia in 2016 was able to confidently take the first place

Bad conditions are not a hindrance to victory!

Unfortunately, the bad conditions could prevent the victory: synchronists noted that the quality of water in the Olympic pool left much to be desired. In Brazil, there are no pools equipped with a heating system, so the Russian team had to perform in rather difficult conditions. In addition, it was not visible the sides of the pool, in connection with which the athletes were quite difficult to navigate.

To top it all off, the pool water began to change color: in Rio it was even nicknamed the "Shrek pool".At first the organizers diligently denied the obvious, but when the athletes began to actively express their indignation, the water had to be changed. Indeed, to demonstrate the most complicated program in the water of a green hue, which, moreover, produces a rather unpleasant smell, it would not be easy.

Synchronized-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_16 Synchronized swimming requires incredible exposure from the athletes

The water temperature was also better than the best: if the training takes place at a temperature of 28 degrees, then in the pool the water was barely warmed to 25. If you add that the air temperature was only 15 degrees and a strong wind was blowing, It becomes obvious that the victory was given to Russian women is not easy.

Duet: a fairy tale on the water

In the synchronized swimming competition for a duet from Russia in 2016, it fell to speak under the seventh numbers of the starting protocol. Fortunately, the pool at the time of the performance was clean and there was no interference on the way to victory.

It's worth noting that the fans were enchanted by the stunning show, which was as beautiful from an artistic point of view as technically perfect. Such a high pace, synchronism and coherence could not be demonstrated by any other duo. As a result, the judges put the girls two dozen, and the amount for both programs, technical and arbitrary, was as much as 195 points.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_01 such a high tempo, synchrony and coherence could not demonstrate any other duo

«Prayer": emotional program Russian synchronized swimmers

The beauty and elegance of the Russian program could not help but notice, even rivals. The American synchronized swimming team in its official account congratulated the athletes, recognizing the undoubted superiority of Russian women in synchronized swimming.

This is not surprising, because the emotive program called "Plea", which has delighted both spectators and judges, has its own history.

The head coach of the team, Tatyana Pokrovskaya, in an interview reported that the program was being created in the hardest period. At the age of fifteen, Tatiana's granddaughter left her life. And under the influence of these experiences was created tremendous in its depth and emotionality speech.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_07 The beauty and elegance of the Russian program could not mention even rivals

sinhronistki themselves picked the right music, and as a result was able to create a view in which literally takes your breath away. It should be noted and thoughtful images of athletes: swimsuit girls white angel wings were painted, and they really like to fly over water, perform complex synchronous ligament.

It was possible to surprise the whole world at the synchronized swimming competitions of Russia in 2016: a video with the performance of athletes collected a huge number of views and admiring comments from around the world.

Real fighters

Despite all the difficulties, the girls managed to beat opponents at the 2016 Olympics: synchronized swimming in Russia is still at the highest level.

However, the coach of the national team admits that she was very worried before the performance, because it can never be excluded that the performance will not go as we would like. The most difficult moment in the speech of the Russian team was support helicopter double. Tatyana Pokrovskaya noted that it was not possible to fulfill this element on a hard five, but the "quartet" of the athlete deserved it. The coach explains this by fatigue and emotional stress. In addition, the duet of Svetlana Romashina and Natalia Ishchenko performed at the Olympics without rest, and for many participants of the team the Olympiad in Rio was the first.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_04 Despite all the difficulties, the girls managed to beat their rivals at the 2016 Olympics: synchronized swimming in Russia is still at the highest level.

Olympic Scandals

The duo of Russian synchronists Svetlana Romashina and Natalia Ishchenko brought Olympic gold. Carry the flag of Russia at the closing of the Olympics in Rio, it was entrusted to these athletes.

However, the joy of victory might not be, because the Russian team tried to prevent to participate in the Olympics because of doping scandal erupted. Nevertheless, the representatives of the International Swimming Federation said that they had no claims to synchronicists from Russia, so they were allowed to play in full force.

Of course, had the opportunity to cross several years of training and not get to the competitions in synchronized swimming at Rio 2016: Russia was in the "black list" of the International Anti-Doping Committee. Of course, this fact could not help frighten the athletes. The girls said they were afraid of provocation: some were even afraid to drink and eat, so as not to accidentally take "doping"!However, nothing like this, fortunately, did not happen. Beautiful mermaids managed to escape all the pitfalls and get the gold they deserved.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_17 Duet Russian synchronized swimmers Svetlana Romashina and Natalia Ishchenko brought Olympic gold

But who knows, maybe the performance turned out to even more striking if the athletes do not spend so much energy on the experiences of the possible non-admission to the Olympics?

Interesting facts: the perfect appearance

Many people are interested in the question: how do synchronizers manage to keep their makeup and hairstyle while performing the most complicated underwater tricks?

It is interesting that the hairstyle is fixed not only with the usual hair spray, but also with food gelatin, which "tightly" glues the hair. But the cosmetics used is the most common. However, from the mascara for eyelashes synchronists have to refuse: under water even the most "waterproof" will flow. Clamp for the nose is additionally fixed with medical glue: otherwise it may fly off during the performance.

Synchronous-swimming-team-russia-at-olympiad-in-rio-2016_06 It is interesting that the hairstyle is fixed not only by usual hair spray, but also by food gelatin, which "tightly" glues the hair. But the cosmetics used the most ordinary

Russian athletes once again managed to prove to the world their highest qualification. One can not doubt that for many years the performances of the national team will serve as an example for synchronists of the whole world.

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