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Team Canada Synchronized Swimming Montreal November 2009

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Perfect follows the Canadian synchronised swimming team - CBC Docs POV

Perfect dives beyond the sequins and mascara as it follows the Canadian synchronised swimming team through the most gruelling year of their lives. #CBCdocsPOV

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Synchronised swimming is for girls. It's for girls who can run a 400 metre sprint while holding their breath, and smiling. Perfect dives beyond the sequins and mascara as it follows the Canadian synchronised swimming team through the most gruelling year of their lives. After winning gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto these elite athletes and their relentless trainer, Meng Chen, are hungry for a spot at the ultimate competition; Rio De Janeiro 2016. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to make it.

Perfect begins at the national trials in Montreal. Here, Meng Chen puts young hopefuls through intensive sports like gymnastics, running and strength training before they can even dip a toe in the pool. Only the girls who excel at all of these disciplines will make the cut. And that's just the beginning. Meng Chen is looking for precision, synchronisation and a fighting spirit and she'll send these girls through hell to get it. That's because synchronised swimming is as much of a contact sport as football. Meng Chen's girls have suffered concussions, smashed vertebrae, fractured feet, broken noses, black eyes and dislocated knees in their quest to get here. And for those who make it, for 10 hours a day, six days a week they must train. 'Synchro' is their life. But, as team member, Claudia Holzner says, What if we don't make it, What are we going to do? What am I going to do with my life?

Meng Chen doesn't have time for 'what ifs'. You go out there, you kill. This is war, she tells her girls at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. This competition is the ultimate predictor for the Olympics. Those who rank well here almost always keep these rankings through to the Olympics. Team Canada, ranked number 1 in the Americas, is after a top 3 ranking in Kazan to put them in prime position to qualify for the Olympics. Their biggest challenge is not their choreography nor their synchronicity, but their diversity. In a conservative sport like synchronised swimming, the definition of perfection is sameness. This is why Russia and China are always on top. In those teams, every girl is the exact same weight, height and colour. Team Canada meanwhile, represents the country's cultural diversity, which is what makes them the underdogs.

The pressure to look perfectly the same is not lost on our girls. In a sport where bodies are weighed, measured and analysed on a regular basis some of the team struggle with eating disorders. Many wish synchronised swimming would move with the times, like figure skating or diving, and drop its laser-like focus on body perfection. But for now, these are the unwritten rules of the game. The only way Team Canada has a chance at their Olympic dream is to outswim and outperform the competition with a routine that totally blows the judges out of the water.

Perfect follows the team as they dive into the pool and swim their hearts out at the World Championships. They give the performance of a lifetime and score an impressive 90 out of 100. But it's not enough to make it to the top 3. The team is devastated. Chen asks herself; Did I push them too far? Too hard? The problem is, synchro, like all judged sports, is a hotbed of political games, making it almost impossible for a team to change their ranking. And so, competition after competition, rankings fall the same way.

But not if Meng Chen has anything to do with it. With just six months before the Olympic qualifier Chen decides to pull a risky move. She throws out their tried and tested routine and starts from scratch. Chen enlists a cutting edge choreographer, and the help of a stage director from the National Theatre School of Canada to teach the team to move with purpose. Together they create a totally unique routine, a routine in their image.

We have tried a lot of things. The only thing we haven't tried is to enjoy. Let's do that, says Meng Chen as the girls go out to compete for their last chance to make it to Rio 2016. Team Canada know they're not perfect and will never be. But perfection will always be their goal. Even if it's absurd. Even if it's impossible. There's no way they're going to give up on perfection.

With unprecedented access to the team and their trainer, Perfect follows this determined, strong and hard working group of women in their quest to make it to the Olympics. From Montreal to Bratislava, Kazan and Rio de Janeiro, battling eating disorders, dislocated knees and crushing losses, these girls never surrender. And, more importantly, they never stop smiling.

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Russia - Synchronized Swimming | Champions of London 2012

Russia claimed their fourth Synchronized Swimming team gold at London 2012 after scoring a total of197.030 points.

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Synchronized Swimming - Team Free Routine - London 2012 Olympic Games

SY05 Team Free Routine - Synchronized Swimming - 10 August 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games

Complete coverage of the Synchronized Swimming Team Free Routine final from London 2012.

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Russia wins Synchronised Swimming team gold

Russia's free routine ensures gold after a high-scoring technical routine in the women's synchronized swimming team event.

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Team China Synchronized Swimming Montreal November 2009

Recorded in High Definition 720P at 30 frames per second in Dolby Digital stereo with my compact camera Panasonic DMC ZS3(TZ7). Plse see many of my photos of that event on my flickr page with this link :
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USA wins first Mixed Synchro Swim Champs - Universal Sports

2015, Kazan, Russia, 26th FINA World Championship, in Synchronized Swimming First Mixed Duet Tech, Christina Jones and Bill May win the Gold by .2122 points over Russia, ending a 21 year Gold medal drought for Team USA. (Call your TV provider and ask for Universal Sports to watch full events on TV and online.)

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A Synchronised Swimming Tribute to Michael Jackson | Music Monday

The gold medal winning Russian duet of Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina not only impressed the world with their incredible technique but also offered a beautiful homage to the King of Pop Michael Jackson in their They Don't Care About Us technical routine at the London 2012 Synchronised Swimming competition.

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China 2nd in 2015 Synchro Free Combination Champs - Universal Sports

2015, Kazan, Russia, 26th FINA World Championship, in Synchronized Swimming Free Combination Finals, China finishes 2nd with a score of 96.2000 behind the Russians who win again. (Call your TV provider and ask for Universal Sports to watch full events on TV and online.)

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Synchronized Swimming Is Terrifying

It's an aquatic ballet of horror. You'll never be able to see the sport the same way again.

Synchronized swimming, it is so beautiful...or is it? Watch in horror as the elegant ballet known as synchronized swimming turns into a twisted horrific vision of terror.

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The Incredible Art Of Synchronized Swimming - A Beginners Guide | Faster Higher Stronger

Team GB's Lauren Smith gives the Faster Higher Stronger series a beginner's guide to Synchronized Swimming, discussing the sports format, training demands and what it takes to be an Olympic Synchronized Swimming champion.

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Russia wins 2015 Synchro Team Tech Champs - Universal Sports

2015, Kazan, Russia, 26th FINA World Championship, in Synchronized Swimming Team Technical Finals, For the 5th straight time Russia wins the Gold, with 95.7457 points, holding off China by 1.2852 points. (Call your TV provider and ask for Universal Sports to watch full events on TV and online.)

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Canada's Perfect Synchronized Swimming Wins Gold - Seoul 1988 Olympics

Experience the incredible performance from Canada's duo Carolyn Waldo and Michelle Cameron as their perfect routine wins gold at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

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Carolyn Waldo was chosen to be the Canadian flag-bearer for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games opening ceremony, as a medal hopeful. And she did not disappoint.

After winning her first gold in the synchronized swimming individual event, she joined her partner Michelle Cameron for the duet. With a beautiful presentation, The duo won the gold medal in the event.

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Team Egypt,Synchronized Swimming, Montreal, November 2009

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Re-Live - Final Team - FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships 2016

Watch on the FINA YouTube channel: The team final from the FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships 2016 in Kazan (Russia). All live streams can be found at:

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GoPro: Spanish Synchronized Swimmer Ona Carbonell Pursues Excellence

Meet the talented synchronised swimmer Ona Carbonell, captain of the Spanish national team. She gives us an insight into just how much skill, commitment and passion it takes to become a master in her sport, in and out of the water.

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Special Thanks to Ona Carbonell and management, the Centre d'Alt Rendiment, Kima Gratacos, Jordi Balaguer, Club Natacio Sabadell, Ayuntamiento De Hospitalet and Oscar from Piscinas Municipales de Hospitalet in Barcelona for their welcome, energy and support.

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