Women’s Olympic Synchronized Swimming Rules Are More Strict Than You Could Ever Imagine. From 8 Hour Training Days To No Bling Allowed…
The 2020 Olympics are right around the corner and the Team USA synchronized swimming team is looking polished and ready. But swimmers like Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva didn’t get on the team by accident. They had to train hard and follow a lot of very strict rules to get where they are today. After learning about this sport, many agree it’s the hardest, most grueling water sport in the Olympics.
In order to compete for the gold, synchro swimmers must train for 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. Their workouts are intense, involving exercises in and out of the pool. They must always look their best during swim competitions. So they wear the best waterproof makeup they can find, usually from high-end makeup stores in Paris. But don’t let those pretty faces fool you. This sport is a battlefield under the water. At least half of all synchronized swimmers wind up with concussions. They had to make new rules to protect swimmers after they get kicked in the head, like not letting them get back in the water too soon. Gender discrimination is a problem for swimmers in this sport. No men are allowed to compete in the synchronized swimming events in the Olympics. But that might be changing soon. One tradition is still going strong among the synchro swimmers: hair gel. Swimmers put gelatin in their hair to get that perfect, slicked-back look. And it’s really hard to wash out. Here are some of the strict rules synchronized swimmers have to follow.
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