synchronized swimming

synchronized swimming
1. a sport growing out of water ballet in which swimmers, in solo, duet, and team efforts, complete various required figures by performing motions in relatively stationary positions, along with a freestyle competition, with the contestants synchronizing movements to music and being judged for body position, control, and the degree of difficulty of the moves.
2. a swimming exercise or exhibition derived from the competitive sport.
[1945-50]

* * *

Swimming sport in which the movements of one or more swimmers are synchronized with a musical accompaniment.

The sport developed in the U.S. in the 1930s and was admitted as an Olympic event (solo and duet only) in 1984; in 1996 the rules were changed to allow only teams of eight women. Teams are judged on compulsory and optional routines.

* * *

sport
also called  water ballet 
 exhibition swimming in which the movements of one or more swimmers are synchronized with a musical accompaniment. Because of a similarity to dance, it is sometimes called water ballet, especially in theatrical situations. The sport developed in the United States in the 1930s. Synchronized swimming is an organized amateur sport in many areas of the world under the general supervision of the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA; International Amateur Swimming Federation), which publishes a list of stunts (movements or figures) accepted in competition. The FINA recognized synchronized swimming in 1954. Swimmers in solo, duet, or team (four to eight persons) competition perform several required stunts together with several of their own choice. At the Olympics and in world competition, they are scored by two panels of five judges on execution and style, both of the individual stunts and of their musical routine as a whole.

 Synchronized swimming for women was admitted as Olympic (Olympic Games) competition in 1984. The competition originally consisted of solo and duet events, but both events were dropped at the 1996 Games in favour of a single eight-member team event. The duet event returned to the Olympic program in 2000. Swimmers were judged on both compulsory and optional figures.
 

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • synchronized swimming — n. a sport in which the movements of one or more swimmers are synchronized to musical accompaniment: formal competition includes the compulsory display of standard movements …   English World dictionary

  • synchronized swimming — n [U] a sport in which swimmers move in patterns in the water to music …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • synchronized swimming — ► NOUN ▪ a sport in which teams of swimmers perform coordinated movements in time to music …   English terms dictionary

  • synchronized swimming — noun : exhibition swimming in which the movements of one or more swimmers are synchronized with a musical accompaniment so as to form changing patterns in the manner of dancers * * * noun [noncount] : a sport in which swimmers move together in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • synchronized swimming — N UNCOUNT Synchronized swimming is a sport in which two or more people perform complicated and carefully planned movements in water in time to music. (in BRIT, also use synchronised swimming) …   English dictionary

  • Synchronized swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics — was held in the Olympic Aquatic Centre where 104 competitors challenged for 2 gold medals in the duet and team events. Each event was made up of a technical and free routine with the points added together to determine the medalists.Medal… …   Wikipedia

  • Synchronized swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics — was held in the Olympic Aquatic Centre where 104 competitors challenged for 2 gold medals in the duet and team events. Each event was made up of a technical and free routine with the points added together to determine the medalists.Medal… …   Wikipedia

  • Synchronized swimming at the Summer Olympics — Synchronized swimming has been contested at the Summer Olympics since the 1984 Games. The current Olympic program has competition in duet and team events, but in past games, a solo event was also contested. The United States, Canada and Japan… …   Wikipedia

  • Synchronized swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics — Synchronized swimming competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were held from August 18 to August 23, at the Beijing National Aquatics Center.Medalists Duet References …   Wikipedia

  • Synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics — Synchronized swimming was introduced to the Olympic Games at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with two events, both for women only.Medal summaryMedal tableReferences* …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”