The following post in no way means to overlook the accomplishments of any athlete in today’s games: Not the extreme endurance exhibited by Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli in the men’s open water swim, nor the record-breaking showing by the gold medal-winning United States’ women’s 4×100-meter relay team, nor the countless other amazing moments you may want to discuss in the comments section.
But my far-and-away favorite part of today’s games? Synchronized swimming.
I must’ve missed this no-boys-allowed event in past years, because the entire thing seemed like a revelation. It was colorful craziness in liquid form, a mash-up of Cirque du Soleil and My Awesome ’80s Prom. There was so much to stare at, from the athletes’ movements – sharply precise one moment, fluidly preternatural the next – to their acid-trip team wear. (I loved Spain’s Metropolis-reminiscent suits, but the skulls? clowns? clown skulls? the Egyptians sported were the stuff of nightmares).
The nose plugs! The shapely legs held aloft in a half-submerged kickline! The extreme eye shadow and exaggerated facial expressions! And how do those talented ladies manage to launch each other into the air while treading water?! I just couldn’t get enough.
For the record, Russia took the gold, China nabbed the silver, Spain went home with the bronze – and I did not sign up for lessons, but it was a near thing.
What were your favorite moments from Day 14? Sound off in the comments!Follow @kimroots