Synchronized Swimming Style: An Appreciation Post

At the Olympics, it's gymnastics-- the leotards, the hair, and the makeup--that seems to get all the style attention. And it's not hard to see why--I
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At the Olympics, it's gymnastics-- the leotards, the hair, and the makeup--that seems to get all the style attention. And it's not hard to see why--I
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At the Olympics, it's gymnastics-- the leotards, the hair, and the makeup--that seems to get all the style attention. And it's not hard to see why--I mean, we're completely mesmerized. However, there's another sport at the Games that just so happens to have outfits sparklier and more outlandish than gymnastics and it's fast become our favorite sport to watch style-wise. Yes, we're talking about synchronized swimming.

Synchro is a lot like gymnastics in that the ladies wear glittered-out unitards, slicked back hair (they actually use gelatin) and loads of makeup. But for whatever reason (to get attention? something to do with water?) the swimmers seem to go even more balls-out with their getups. They usually stick to a theme, which always makes things interesting--this Games' themes ran the gamut from wild animals, to flowers, cash money, creepy dolls and even Michael Jackson (seriously). Synchro swimmers have to load on the waterproof makeup in order to really make an impression underwater and they usually top off their looks off with some sort of hair jewelry. The result? Outfits that inspire and amuse.

Oh, and also, anyone who gets up in front of millions of people, smiling and wearing one of those nose plug thingies deserves our respect.

Click through for our favorite synchronized swim looks.

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