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SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

It is said that long time ago young fishermen were trying to imitate shapes of sea flowers and animals on the shores of the Red Sea. This activity became surprisingly popular in the eyes of the onlookers. There is evidence older than 4 thousands years which proves that Egyptian teachers included dancing in a water in girls’ PE lessons. The first verified report of synchronized swimming history comes from 1816, when, according to the Vienna newspaper, a group of swimmers appeared and showed a few static figures in a water, which were described as "a sensational water dance" by spectators.

At the end of 19th century men swimmers gave way to women and the full development of this discipline begun. The first international match of women in water was recorded in 1892 in England. The first rule for synchronized swimming competition was developed in 1950 in California by Norma Olsen. In 1973 appeared synchronized swimming at the World Aquatic Championships, and one year later the EC and in 1984 were handed out the first medals at the Olympics. Nowadays synchronized swimming is an integral part of aquatics sports such as Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Diving.

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