Olympics: Synchronized Swimming AMERICA S BEST Having medaled in synchronized swimming since 1984, the Americanswere shut Summer Olympics 2004; Twoyear ban nears for USA s Edwards http://www.sptimes.com/2004/08/08/Olympics/Synchronized_swimming.shtml
Extractions: ABOUT THE SPORT: Evolved from the elegant water ballet of the early 1900s and popularized by 1940s underwater actor and athlete Esther Williams, synchronized swimming is one of the more showy, captivating sports. It took on a new look in 1996 when the solo and duet events were dropped for the team format (eight performers in the water at once). Duets returned in 2000. Competitions are judged on technical and free routines. The technical routine requires the execution of nine required elements in a specific order within 2 minutes, 50 seconds for teams (eight elements in 2:20 for duets). The free routine allows competitors to choose the choreography and music and has a longer time limit. LOOKING GOOD: A lot of time and effort is put into a swimmer's appearance. Unflavored gelatin is used to sculpt hair off the face, and swimmers sometimes decorate their hair with glitter or paint. Many swimmers use more aesthetically appealing gelatin plugs rather than a nose clip to keep water from their sinuses. And each swimmer must wear an identical smile, no matter how difficult or painful a routine might be.
Opera Directory In English and Portuguese. World Wide Aquatics. Provides a summary of Olympicsynchronized swimming including history, judging and events information. http://portal.opera.com/directory/?cat=31138
Olympics 2000 TIME s comprehensive coverage of the Summer Olympics 2000. I have seensynchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics and judo, and they do not come http://www.time.com/time/pacific/olympics2000/
Extractions: Wrap-up: Letter from Sydney STEVE HOLLAND/AP Fireworks marking the end of the Olympic Games erupt over the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House About the Closing Ceremony I had three thoughts: 1), Cheesiness with a zillion dollars behind it can be vastly entertaining, 2), this must be the weirdest parade to invade a stadium since Nero and , 3), the Aussies are in on the joke.