FINA, the international governing body for 6 aquatic disciplines, has assembled a group of the world’s top artistic swimmers (formerly known as synchronized swimmers) as part of an artistic swimming worldwide workout.
Among the Headliners were the 3 hosts of the event:
- Svetlana Romashina of Russia, a 5-time Olympic gold medalist, 10-time European Champion, and 21-time World Champion
- Andrea Fuentas in Spain, her country’s most decorated synchronized swimmer ever, amassing 4 Olympic medals and 16 World Championship medals. She is currently the USA Senior National Team head coach alongside Reem Abdalazem.
- Bill May of the United States, a pioneer in men’s synchronized swimming who on July 26, 2015 became the first man ever to win a synchronized swimming gold medal at a World Championship when, with his partner Christina Jones, he won gold in the mixed duet technical routine. This came after a 10-year hiatus from the sport.
For artistic swimmers around the world, this was an unparalleled opportunity to train remotely along with some of the best synchronized swimmers in the world (and in some cases, their dogs) live via YouTube.
The workouts they do are useful for athletes around the world to improve both strength and flexibility while out of the pool.