How many of you like J-ELLO? Go to the grocery store and pick up a box of J-ELLO. If you look at the ingredients you’ll find that the typical ingredients are Sugar, Gelatin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Acids and Colorings. But just your ordinary average J-ELLO or Gelatin has some weird and interesting uses. Some interesting uses for Gelatin could be making marshmallows, or you can wrestle in it or you can use it to style your hair. Style your hair? WHAT! Yes that’s rite, only certain people use gelatin for styling their hair and those people are known as synchronized swimmers.
A lot of people don’t really know about synchronized swimming or have never heard of it or just don’t know what it is at all. I will explain the meaning of synchronized swimming and then I will talk about how hard you have to work to be synchronized swimmer and finish it off with how we synchronized swimmers do things at meets and what we use to be able to do the things we can.
What is synchronized swimming? Synchronized swimming or synchro, an easier way to say it, is a mixture of dance, gymnastics and swimming. It also includes diving, stunts, lifts, and endurance movements. Synchro is a mixture of lots of things. How many of you think that synchro isn’t even a sport? Raise your hands. Well for those of you that don’t think it is you might want to think about this. According to Alexandra Patskevich , a Russian swimmer, she told a London reporter this: “Imagine yourself dancing the tango, for four minutes, in a 12 foot deep pool, in full make-up an in perfect sync with seven others. Upside down, without ever touching the bottom. Now you try to make if look effortless.” Although synchronized swimming isn’t a widely appreciated sport it’s a lot harder than it looks.
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be a synchronized swimmer and to make it all look easy. Professional synchronized swimmers train longer than most Olympic athletes. They train for about...