Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment from London 2012, Day 14?

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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!



Comments (7)

  • The most painful moment: America’s Morgan Uceny tripped AGAIN in a second world showcase. When she broke down, smacked the track and cried, I felt like doing the same.

    Awesome 4×100 relay, ladies.

    Comment by Mína – August 10, 2012 11:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The American women winning the 4x100m Relay and setting a new world record. Amazing.

    (and all the Community promo. Man, I love that show :))

    Comment by Eliza – August 11, 2012 12:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brazilian volleyball team crushing the italians (the 2nd set was 25×11) and going to the final on Sunday!

    Comment by carol – August 11, 2012 05:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oscar Pistorius running with the South African team. They didn’t win and placed in 8th but this was by far one of my top three events of the games.

    Comment by leigh – August 11, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Dutch womens hockeyteam winning the gold medal.

    Comment by SusN – August 11, 2012 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spain should have won, and btw I loved their costumes…

    Comment by Hurley – August 11, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rhythmic gymnastics, Kanaeva was amazing.

    Comment by yippity – August 11, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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