The Best Photos of Synchronized Swimming from the London Olympics

Spain's synchronised swimming team.

Spain’s team perform in the synchronised swimming teams free routine final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 10, 2012. TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rtrlfive436977

I’m not sure how I got through so many Olympics without actually sitting down and seeing how cool synchronized swimming is. But I watched it this past week and I’m now a lifelong fan and trying to guage if my lungs could handle the sport (they probably couldn’t, but I can dream).

This past Olympics the Russians dominated, taking gold in both the team competition and in doubles (their fourth-straight Olympics team gold). As someone who was a complete rookie to watching the sport, Russia was obviously the best. They were getting so high out of the water, the girls were flying out of the water on the lifts, and their routines were just so crisp. I could watch them all day. Not that the other teams weren’t cool. Spain had some cool tricks (like that first picture), and Australia was totally rocking to AC/DC.

Check out some of the best pictures from the London Olympics of synchronized swimming (synchro swimming for those of us in the know). You can see more photos back at Newscom. If you need more pictures to help tell the story of the Olympics, you can check out our 2012 Olympics portal. It’s got easy links to some of the biggest stories at this Olympics.

Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou

Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou of China compete in the Synchronized Swimming duet technical routine at the London 2012 Olympic Games, London, Britain, 05 August 2012. BARBARA WALTON/EPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: epaphotos520659

duets Synchronized swimming

Aug. 7, 2012 – London, England – Japan’s opening move was not enough to move them to the podium, they finished fifth, in the final of the duets Synchronized swimming at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatic Centre in London. Steve Russell/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: zumawirewestphotosseven036141

China's synchronized swim team

China’s Wu Yiwen, China’s Chen Xiaojun, China’s Liu Ou, China’s Jiang Wenwen, China’s Chang Si, China’s Jiang Tingting, China’s Huang Xuechen and China’s Luo Xi compete in the team free routine final during the synchronised swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: afplivefour655945

Ona Carbonell Ballastero and Andrea Fuentes Fache

Ona Carbonell Ballastero and Andrea Fuentes Fache of Spain compete in the Duet Technical Routine during the Synchronised Swimming competition held at the Aquatics Center during the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, 05 August 2012. PATRICK B. KRAEMER/EPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: epaphotos520379

Russia's synchronized swim team

Russia’s synchronised swim team. imago sportfotodienst/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: imagosports661587

Russia's team

Russia’s team are seen underwater as they perform in the synchronised swimming teams free routine final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 10, 2012. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rtrlfive437185

China's team

China’s Wu Yiwen, China’s Chen Xiaojun, China’s Liu Ou, China’s Jiang Wenwen, China’s Chang Si, China’s Jiang Tingting, China’s Huang Xuechen and China’s Luo Xi compete in the team free routine final during the synchronised swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: afplivefour655546

Russia's team

Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko, Russia’s Svetlana Romashina, Russia’s Alexandra Patskevich, Russia’s Anzhelika Timanina, Russia’s Daria Korobova, Russia’s Elvira Khasyanova, Russia’s Maria Gromova and Russia’s Anastasia Davydova compete in the team free routine final during the synchronised swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: afplivefour655951

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