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

 

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 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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