Our sport is called "SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING "!

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Jordan Whitney-Wei
Aug 9, 2021
I'm the great-grandnephew and official biographer of Katharine Whitney Curtis, the mother of "synchronized swimming." This name originated in 1934 at the Chicago World's Fair, when an announcer, Norman Ross (a former Olympian himself), coined the phrase to describe what my grandfather's Aunt Kate was presenting to the world for the very first time. She subsequently worked tirelessly to write the book on the subject (1936), and to help write the rules for competition while getting Synchro accepted as a sport by the AAU (1939-1941). But this was only the beginning of the story, for, as many will recognize, 1941 is also when the Attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into WWII. My Aunt Kate joined the action herself with the American Red Cross, and, among countless other adventurous moments, even arranged the first international synchronized swimming aquacade (for the troops) at the Supreme Allied Forces Headquarters in the royal fountains of Caserta, Italy (summer 1945), as a fitting celebration for the war's inevitable conclusion in Europe. "Synchronized Swimming" was the name announced in 1934 when the world needed some novel distraction from the Great Depression; "synchronized swimming" was the name announced in 1945, ahead of American and British WWII servicemen and women demonstrating the beauty of what life ought to be; and it was "synchronized swimming" announced at the 1984 Olympics, as the final culmination of Synchro as an official member of that glorious Olympic pantheon. Since then, the IOC has often wondered what increases viewership for their various events, and they're certainly already aware that singular and inspiring human-interest stories are by far the most effective. However, what they probably weren't so aware of was the full (and already inspiring) story of "synchronized swimming," as particularly personified by Katharine Whitney Curtis. And so I'll be offering them this reminder, here and elsewhere, that the world simply needs to rediscover the true nature, history and heart of one of our most idiosyncratic sports. The world simply needs to be reminded of "synchronized swimming."

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yuhui cheng
3 years ago
I am a parent of synchronized swimmer and would like to keep it as a sport instead of an artistic show activity.

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Sara Taddo Jones
3 years ago
Artistic swimming doesn’t do our sport justice- it’s a cultural fact that it is and always has been synchronized swimming.

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Kim Stepney
4 years ago
Pretty much describes the sport in a nutshell- Synchronized Swimming. If it's just artistic, come on out and try to do some of the "artistry". Definitely would be a negative move to rename it, and I would be ashamed to say I was an "artistic swimmer".

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Patricia Murray
4 years ago
Because I would like to see the Synchronized Swimming community involved in the decision to rebrand Synchronized Swimming. Only they know the athleticism involved and only they can make it a positive move forward for the athletes, coaches, judges, and volunteers and clubs.

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Urel Francis
4 years ago
Uf

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Amy Tremblay
4 years ago
I was and always will be a Synchronized Swimmer.

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tony collins
4 years ago
The new name does not convey the competitive nature of the sport. The name synchronised swimming describes exactly what is involved.

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Katie Huett
4 years ago
I can I and I don't like the name change

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Hana Belanger
4 years ago
Hey it's your local zebra asking a quick favor. Some may know before EDS was an asshole and decided to make it so I couldn't compete, I competed in synchro. It is hard. It is a contact sport where every single muscle group is being engaged. It is more than just "dancing in water". Sign this and share please?