Synchronised swimming is often described as ‘water ballet’, because of the dance-like movements swimmers make to music, and its theatrical character.
It is a relatively modern sport, with evidence suggesting that German males first performed water-born artistic routines in the 1890s before it became a popular female discipline in the early part of the 20th Century.
Synchronised swimming first made an appearance at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games with solo and duet events. It is also a discipline that is exclusive to women on the Olympic Programme and one of only two, alongside rhythmic gymnastics.
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