Everything you didn’t know about synchronized swimming
Just in time for the world Championship on water sports which passes in Kazan, we decided to prepare a selection of the most popular questions that concern many.
1. Like synchronized swimmers breathe under water?
Of course, the gills, our athletes do not have, and just in front of the dive holding your breath, like any normal person. To get some portion of the air athletes missing a few seconds that the chair shown on the surface. The only difference from an ordinary person that swimmers have the lung capacity is about two times more than usual (about four liters). This property allows to be under water for so long, although the rules can be there no longer than forty seconds.
Rekordsmenka are Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, who can stay under water longer than four minutes! Do you want to try?
2. What if right in the pool clip off of your nose?
There are such cases, the clip (made of plastic, silicone, rubber, or metal), which is used to isolate the nose from water and air, maybe from a sharp jerk suddenly jump. Every synchronized swimmer for such a case is in a swimsuit refill clip. But it is not always possible to use it, because athletes perform complex elements, and then they need to exercise a lot of patience, to follow the breath and even to cover the nose mouth.
3. Can you hear the music underwater?
Of course. After all this, the pools are equipped with special sonar speakers, which work synchronously with the surface. Often during the training process, when athletes operate under the score, the coach beats a bit of music on the ladder. The sound easy to hear on the other end of the pool.
4. Why female athletes appear only in closed swimsuits?
The rules according to which suit athletes must be in accordance with the highest ethical standard, be complete and not Shine through, this may only knit. The style is also regulated, low neck shall not exceed eleven inches, g-string is prohibited.
5. Why do they have such a makeup?
The audience and judges need to better distinguish the faces of athletes, their facial expressions. Therefore, the synchronized swimmers makeup so bright, makeup is applied in several layers, which looks a bit unnatural up close. Waterproof cosmetics synchronized swimmers do not use, oddly enough, and that shadows are not washed off, it mixed with vaseline.
6. Why do they have such hairstyles?
The rules also apply to styling. For hair use gelatin, which is dissolved in the boiling water until smooth, then smear them curls. To give the hairstyle some form, the course is not less than hundreds of pins-invisible. The synchronised swimming to relieve this gelatin zasolochny the design of the head, we have to stand under a very hot shower for hours.
7. Synchronized swimmers have tattoos?
We even have many! Anastasia Davydova, for example, a whole colony of butterflies on the back and a little lower. But strict rules of synchronized swimming do not allow athletes to have tattoos, so the more daring girls have to hide them under powder before going out in public.
8. What else is prohibited in synchronized swimming?
- Bans a lot:
- You can’t touch the bottom;
- Freeze during a performance;
- Use other clothing except for swimwear;
- To wear jewelry;
- To choose music for performances with the rapid changes in volume;
- To do support, a tower and other elements not on the water.
At one time it was planned to prohibit men to have beards or stubble, but in the meantime thought better of it.