Artistic Swimming at the Olympics
Synchronized swimming, now known as Artistic Swimming, became popular in the 1930s when it was featured in the Ester Williams films of the era. After a couple of Olympic demonstrations, the sport was officially introduced to the Olympic Games for the 1984 Games in LA. Only women compete in the Synchronized Swimming events at the Olympic Games.
The current Olympic program has competition in duet and team events, but in past games, a solo event was also contested. The women's solo event was held from 1984 to 1992, where it was replaced on the competition program by the team event from 1996 onwards.
- Russia has recently dominated the synchronized swimming, winning every event in 2000 and 2004.
- The best all-time performing artistic swimmer at the Olympic Games is the Russian Svetlana Romashina who has won seven gold medals. See more on the Greatest Synchronized Swimmers at the Olympics.
- Although both men and women compete in some form in all sports, synchronized swimming is one of two (the other is rhythmic gymnastics) sporting disciplines that are solely for women.
- More about the sport of Synchronized Swimming
- Synchronized Swimming Olympic demonstrations
- List of Olympic Sports
- About the sporting discipline of Aquatics at the Olympics