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Synchronized swimming themes are always strange, like that one time France picked the Holocaust








 Sarah Lyall, The New York Times NATIONAL POST

Some observations on Synchro routines, some good, some bad……………..

“RIO DE JANEIRO — Down in the pool, the Australian synchronized swimming duet was performing a 3-minute whistle-stop tour of the animals of the outback — kookaburras, emus, centipedes — to music from “Crocodile Dundee.” In the stands, the American mother-and-daughter duet of Ruth and Emily Thunstrum was trying to figure out what, exactly, was going on.

“There was definitely a bird of some kind,” Emily said.

“I think there was a crocodile,” Ruth answered. “You should know — you spent that time in Australia.”

You do not have to be from someplace other than Australia to be mystified by synchronized swimming, a sport that lies in the corner of the Twilight Zone where kabuki opera meets advanced underwater survival. It may look as if the athletes are simply gesticulating emphatically; flinging themselves around in improbable aquatic configurations; and executing shockingly complex leg movements while upside down and not breathing. But that’s not the half of it.

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