Thursday, August 21, 2008

Synchronized Swimming: Sport, Not a Sport?

This will probably come as no surprise to anyone, but we are big synchronized swimming fans. We know all the arguments. It’s not a sport. It’s entertainment. It doesn’t deserve to be in the Olympics. It trivializes the games with their extravagant costumes and heavy make-up. It’s more Esther Williams than Serena Williams. But hear us out. Can you do splits and backbends? Can you do ballet? Can you tread water? Can you lift your own body weight? Can you hold your breath for three and a half minutes? Now try doing all of that under water. Upside down. At exactly the same time as seven other people. Gracefully. That’s all we’re saying.

Written by Amy & Nancy Harrington
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1 comment:

  1. Try doing sports holding your breath half the time. That might make them comparable to synchro