Burkhill added to the Australian artistic swimming team for Tokyo Olympic after Stackpole retirement

Hannah Burkhill has been added to the Australian artistic swimming team for the Tokyo Olympic Games following the retirement of Rose Stackpole. Australia established its artistic swimming side in February, with Rio 2016 Olympians Hannah Cross, Emily Rogers, Stackpole, and Amie Thompson called in the team.

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Jane Fruzynski, Kiera Gazzard, Kirsten Kinash, and Rachel Presse are due to make their Olympic entrances. All eight were due to compete together in the team event, with Thompson and Stackpole also scheduled to compete in the duet. Stackpole announced her retirement from the sport in August, with Burkhill now added to the Australian team for Tokyo Olympic.

“This is a vision come true, I’ve required this for so long,” Burkhill supposed.

In 2012 I had just ongoing rival and I was so happy to see the Olympic Side in person in their lead-up and viewing them compete at the London Olympics. I still can’t trust I’ll be at my Games next year. It’s been such a crazy year and this instant is so happy but also poignant.

“Afterward just missing out on the early selection in February, I’m so glad to have another chance but sad that Rose won’t be with the side next year.

At Tokyo Olympic, I just want to put collected a swim that our public, supporters, and country can be proud of. Burkhill was a member of the side that competed at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju in South Korea, where Australia aided seal their place at the Olympic 2020 Games.

Australia is due to be one of 10 nations rival in the side competition at the suspended Olympic 2020 Games. The Australian side will compete against hosts Japan, Egypt, Canada, Russia, China, and Ukraine. Three other countries will qualify for the Olympic 2020 Games.

“Congratulations to Hannah for being selected to her debut Olympic Team today,” supposed Ian Chesterman, Australia’s Chef de Mission.

Hannah has worked incredibly hard to be in the position she is in today and her selection is a testament to her dedication and persistence. I am sure it is a moment that is being celebrated by her family and friends as well. I also want to thank Rose for her contribution to artistic swimming and the Australian Olympic Team in Rio.

Rose made a brave decision to retire, never an easy one with a squad spot secured. But this has now provided an thrilling opportunity for Hannah to make her Olympic debut, an chance I am sure she will make the most of.

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I know Hannah will do her colleagues, family, supporters, coaches, and the Australian Olympic Squad proud in Tokyo. Stackpole has commended Burkhill on securing the place in the Australian side for the Games and fortified her to make the most of the knowledge.

“My advice for Hannah is to enjoy every moment of your Tokyo Olympic experience,” Stackpole said.

Whether it’s walking into the Village, the Opening Ceremony, your first day of competition – there are so many overwhelming positive experiences, try to take in as much as possible. I know Hannah and the team will put in a performance they will be proud of. I took a lot of time thinking about whether to retire, but I was ready to move on and I’m so lucky to go out on my terms. Everyone on the team and in my community has been supportive, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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Olympic Artistic Swimming: Romashina clues at retirement before Tokyo Olympic

Russia’s five-time Olympic artistic swimming champion Svetlana Romashina has oblique she may retire before the Tokyo Olympic. 

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The 30-year-old attracted gold in the team event at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, also succeeding in the duet race at the latter two Games. She is also a 21-times world and 10-time European champion. 

Romashina has been training to underwrite in the duet event at Tokyo Olympic with Svetlana Kolesnichenko but suggested she may choose to give up work later this year. This idea came after the forced the of Olympic 2020. 

Romashina also exposed the result of the quarrel between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in the Law court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) may affect her choice. They have made the finest on it.

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She said “I carry on with my pieces of training as described by Russian news agency TAS. Moreover, we are all waiting for a decision from CAS. I will make a choice only after the court’s decision and maybe this decision will be in season.”

Rusada is attractive to the four-year bundle of sanctions delivered by WADA in December. Among the punishments gave down by the global watchdog is a ban on the Russian flag at the Tokyo Olympic and World Championships. Russia has also been stripped from bidding for the Olympic 2032 and is set to be bare of any World Championships it has been given

Athletes who can prove they were not worried in the doping scandal or the subsequent cover-up will be empty to compete as neutrals at main events. The authorizations will not come into effect pending the CAS has reduced its final decision. Hearings for the case could start in July, although the ongoing pandemic may cause a delay in proceedings. 

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USA ARTISTIC SWIMMER TEAM TARGETS TO QUALIFY FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

The time is now for the USA artistic swimmer team. Young, ruthless and excited to display the world at the Pan American Games 2019 in Lima that they have what it takes to make it to Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a 12-year lack from the Games.

Their bold and make new robot dull has been getting a lot of care in recent month and Olympic Channel has gone behind the sights to document their growth. Artistic Swimmer fans can book their Olympic Artistic Swimmer Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.

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Can this group of young hopefuls, their star choreographer and four-time Olympic medal-winning coach Andrea Fuentes reach Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Only the winner of the women’s team event at the Pan American Games 2019 will gain an instinctive Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifying raise.

The USA artistic swimmer team hasn’t touched an Olympics since 2008. These 11 resolute girls are targeting to change that. The U.S. Federation enlisted the help of famous robot dancer Chad Smith with the goal of developing a good corresponding routine in time for the world championships and Lima 2019.

She said to Olympic Channel “We know it is going to be difficult as we just came from the world championships. This is just one week after. The body is super sleepy, and now the mind has to be strong. This is what I ask of the team as they seem super drained”.

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Team USA’s Hannah Heffernan said “I told them you must attempt and fight. You have to finish with pride. For most of them, it is the first time at Pan American Games so this will be a big dose of motivation. I am super excited to get another chance. We just got back from Korea, and we still need to recover a lot of things. We certainly need a wonder but we are doing everything we can.”

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George artistic swimmers bidding to host Canadian Olympic team training camp ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

That’s the view of the George Water Lilies swim club hopes to make a splash with local people and future athletes as they place an offer forward to host Canada national team and its training camp ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Head Coach Nicole Barager spoke to city council last night of the financial help they need in order to house the national athletes if the bid is successful. Artistic Swimming fans can book their Olympic Artistic Swimming Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.

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“I understand the economic spin-off for an event like this which has such a small number of members is insignificant, but I don’t think the public impact is simply about being revenue made. Having an opportunity to have athletes at the highest caliber come and prove their skills in the water for people in our public to watch would provide a huge boost to sport variety in George.”

Barager explains an extension of the pool will also be necessary for Team Canada.

“Artistic swimmers are very good at training in the smallest little spots,” she said when asked the question by Prince George Matters. “But if we can offer them our beautiful ability, why would we not? If we can give them 25-meters, which is what they have to travel by at the end of circuit going in routine, then that would be ideal. It has to be in the deep end because they have to lift and they throw people six feet into the air without touching the bottom, so it’s also a safety concern.”

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More sponsorship funds will need to be raised and the help of the city is a big step forward but Barager believes the Water Lilies will have no trouble in gathering the rest. She claims Prince George ‘fell in love’ with artistic swimming when it was showcased in B.C northern capital at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, which could increase the odds of locking the bid.

“Some people don’t understand it simply because it doesn’t get enough contact that swimming does, that gymnastics does, or that hockey does,” she said when asked about the current perspective of the sport. “They think my athletes are not athletes. By watching someone who is at the level of an Olympian race you’re going to see that they’re outside athletes and they make it look easy because they have to make it look easy.”

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Despite being a six-year-old club with only 30 members the George Water Lilies’ recent success at regional could also play aspect in the bid for Team Canada training camp.

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Artistic swimming: Great Britain’s Duet aims to qualify for Tokyo 2020

A total of 10 teams and 22 duets will be aiming to gain qualification for next year’s Olympic Games at three events during the next 12 months. One team place and two duet spots will be up for grabs at the LEN Cup, taking place in St Petersburg, Russia.

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Artistic swimming: Great Britain’s Duet aims to qualify for Tokyo 2020

Duet of Great Britain’s Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe will be a command to seal an Olympic sport at the first available opportunity – although the standard of the competition is likely to be ‘exceptionally high.

The team that wins the LEN Cup, and therefore books their place at the Olympics, will also have their duet automatically entered.

One further duet place can be secured by the winning pair or the next best-ranked duo at the LEN Cup if the gold medallist’s country had also won the team event.

Should Great Britain’s team or duet not qualify in the first instance, five more team spaces will be available at the FINA World Championships in Korea, in August, and the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament, in Tokyo, next April. Seven duet spots can also be worn at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.

Shortman and Thorpe will be competing in Tokyo between 27-29 April in the fourth leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series.

The duet impressed during the first leg of the competition in Paris when they set a new personal best score for their karate-themed routine.

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They will then team up with Victoria Usher, Daniella Lloyd, Millicent Costello, Greta Hampson, Ilaria Brandimarte, Cerys Larsen, Cerys Hughes, Laura Turnerville and Isobel Blinkhorn for the LEN Cup.

The team’s confidence will be boosted by the silver medal they won at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in Paris in the free combination final.

Russia will be the first time this season that the Great Britain squad will compete in the technical, free and combo team events.

Karen Thorpe, Swim England Artistic manager, said: “We are expecting the standard in Russia to be exceptionally high as we’re a year out from the Olympic Games.

“The duet hopes to place and score well as a stepping stone towards the World Championships in July and we are hoping to be as close to 80 points in all the team events.

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks but all the athletes have been working hard on a camp in Bristol and are relishing the opportunity to perform on these big stages.”

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Artistic Swimming – Canada has gained a place with a duet gold in Olympic 2020

Artistic Swimmers, Jacqueline Simoneau, and Claudia Holzner established a pre-swimming regular routine to calm their nerves when they joined forces as an artistic tandem. It involves a declaration of trust and a reference to a Disney character.

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Artistic Swimming – Canada has gained a place with a duet gold in Olympic 2020

Simoneau, of Chambly, and Calgary’s Holzner combined to defend Canada’s artistic swimming duet title Wednesday at the Pan American Games and earned Canada a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the process.

The Canadian duet finished first with a total score of 180.0343 points. And Mexico was second with 174.3661 points scores, and the United States was third with 170.6698 points scores.

“It was such a superior moment,” Holzner said. “Before we swam our coach was like, ‘Jackie, go for a second Olympics,’ and ‘Claudia, become an Olympian.'”

Simoneau and Holzner payback to the pool later Wednesday as part of Canada’s nine-swimmer team in the competition, with another Olympic berth on the line, and took the top of the platform for the second time with 179.6731 points. Mexico took the second position with 175.1243 points and the U.S. scored 170.8114 points.

Simoneau and Holzner, who were both followers of Canada’s gold-medal winning team entry at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, started swimming together as a duet in 2017. Simoneau said she and Holzner came up with a unique pre-swim routine the moment of their partnership was fashioned.

“We hold each other’s hands and we look each other in the eye and we say, ‘I trust you.’ And then there’s a secret word that we say right before we go.”

“We came up with this the moment we started swimming together. It’s a ridiculous word, but for us, it just means having calm confidence. It’s Perry. Perry the platypus. It’s a TV character on the Disney show “Phineas and Ferb.”

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Artistic Swimming – Canada has gained a place with a duet gold in Olympic 2020

Canada swept artistic swimming events at the Toronto Games, with Simoneau and Karine Thomas gained duet gold to go with the team victory. Simoneau and Thomas went on to place seventh at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Later Wednesday, gymnast Ellie Black of Halifax added to her record Pan Am medal haul with a silver medal in the women’s beam event, her fifth medal this year. Black won 10 medals from the last two Tournaments to become Canada’s most adorned Pan Am gymnast.

Black had a chance at an 11th medal but finished fourth in the floor competition. There was extra good news for Canada, though, with Brooklyn Moors of Cambridge, Ont., winning gold.

“It’s unbelievable to come away with one more medal,” Black said. “It’s great for this team that we’ve done so well.”

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Artistic Swimming: Countries that Qualify to 2020 Olympics

The top two countries not already qualified, China and Ukraine, punched their ticket to Tokyo, using combined scores from technical and free events. Moreover, the Oceania continental spot went to Australia, while Egypt qualified for Africa’s quota. The duos also get an automatic quota as a result.

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China and Ukraine are indeed the next two major nations to join the Olympic field alongside Russia and Japan in the team events.

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China

The Chinese scored 96.0333 in the free team final with their “Ode to the Heroines”, for a combined score of 191.1876 that earned them a spot to Tokyo. They have been working on this routine for a while now and wanted to highlight the Chinese culture throughout. Guo Li admitted the hardest part for them is at the very beginning of the routine where they perform three acrobatic movements in a row.

The Chinese have also been working with Anna Tarrès for the last month in an effort to improve their artistic side. Tarrès, former coach of the Spanish national team for nearly 20 years, has collaborated with Ukraine and Israel in the last few years as well.

“I am just making some revisions,” Tarrès said. “I gave them some ideas to try to develop new movements, try to clean up what they were doing before, and try to make the routine more organic so that it could flow a little more. Mainly, it has been more to give them tools to develop the theme and to develop their own potential. The goal was trying to make them realize that they could go one step forward, and to look for new movement and for a new way of swimming.”

By defending their bronze medal from 2017 and once again placing third with a score of 94.3667, leading to a combined score of 187.8181, the Ukrainians qualified a team to the Olympics for the second time in the country’s history.

Russia

Russia was, of course, the heavy favorite coming into this event, and won the gold medal with a score of 98.0000. The Russians performed their ‘Shamans’ routine for the last time as it was already the third season with this program, and we can be certain head coach Tatyana Pokrovskaya will create something new for the Olympics.

These world championships also marked the return of Alla Shishkina, a two-time Olympic champion, to the Russian team after a break of two years following the 2016 Olympic Games.

“When I stand on the podium in Rio, I think about my comeback,” Shishkina said. “At that moment, I think that I would rest for only one year. But after one year, I think more. I said to Tatiana Pokvroskaya, ‘Can I rest one more year, and these two years is my only rest?’ After these two years, I understand that I love synchronized swimming very much, with all my heart. My comeback is for the love of this sport.”

It will be extremely interesting to see how Pokrovksaya figures out who her top eight swimmers will be for Tokyo as both Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina will have to be included in the team once again.

Varvara Subbotina, the youngest of the Russian team at 18 years old and competing at her first senior world championships, explained how intense the internal competition is within the team.

“There are many girls in the reserve,” Subbotina said. “Six or seven girls stayed behind in Moscow. Everyone tries to show their best, to prove the coaches that they have this right to be in the team. Some come to the gym earlier than anyone else, some work harder on some elements in the water or in the gym. This is a normal process; we are used to it. The rivalry in the team is very high, so we know we have to work hard to be on the team.”

Japan

Unfortunately, Japan fell short of a team medal once again by scoring 93.3667 for fourth place. The Japanese had changed free team choreographies from last season, and have performed their new “Japanese Festival” routine at a few world series competitions this year. It will be interesting to see how Japan and Ukraine fare against one another at the Olympics next year, especially with them being on home turf for the Japanese team, but with a dominant Ukrainian team that cannot be denied.

Spain had finally managed to move ahead of Italy during the preliminaries, as the latter had been ahead since the 2016 European Championships in all major international competitions. However, the Italians managed to take the lead again in the final with their new routine “War of Two Worlds” despite falling on a lift, with a 91.6000 to Spain’s 91.4000.

This Spanish team, led by Mayuko Fujiki for the last two years, is still quite young but has shown tremendous improvement since her arrival. Last season, Fujiki’s team had finished only 0.1333 points behind Italy in the free event at the European Championships, and she continued pushing them this season by creating a brand new routine for them in this event, and moving away from the ‘Life in a Factory’ routine to work on this ‘Discovery of an Island’ theme.

“For me, the routine was for them to be able to learn how to swim sharp and strong,” Fujiki said. “It wasn’t really the best artistic side that I could give them. But because this is a young team, they learned something last year swimming the other routine. Now I really wanted to do something else, imagining that they were swimming qualifications in Tokyo, that the people in Tokyo would relate to and enjoy. But at the same time, I wanted something similar to Japan and Spain, and I was thinking, thinking, thinking, and then, ‘Ah! Islands!’ We are both countries with the ocean, we both have a lot of islands, with different cultures, and that gave me a little story to start with.”

Fujiki has also included Ona Carbonell in the free team routine again and brought in 17-year-old, up-and-coming swimmer Iris Tio from the junior ranks to build the best possible team heading into the Olympic year. She has indeed played around with her roster throughout the six competitions her team was at this year, but she has clearly found something that works. If they continue on this path, the Spanish team is certainly in great shape to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

Canada

Canada finished in sixth place with a score of 90.1000, its highest of the year with its new routine to the ‘Spectrum of Time,’ which was choreographed by Anastasia Ermakova just like its technical routine. Greece obtained 88.3333 for its ‘Africa’ routine, the same as last year, and for an eighth-place finish. France placed ninth with a score of 87.4667 for its ‘Emotions’ routine that we had seen in the last few seasons. The French faced some difficulties at these championships as Laura Augé had to be replaced in both technical and free team events at the last-minute as she suffered a back injury during training.

Mexican

The Mexican team wasn’t far behind with a score of 87.0333 for its ‘Space Discovery’ routine. The routine features a strong opening sequence that will probably give you goosebumps, and all in all showcases a fantastic first lap with a unique throw where Jessica Sobrino, the flier of the team, jumps straight above the base in a straddle split and quickly moves into a horizontal position only to be caught directly by the base underneath.

The Mexicans had a complicated season, and were originally supposed to compete in a lot more world series meets, including the Hellas Beetles Cup and the Japan Open, but ended up withdrawing from those at the last minute.

“It was a very tough season,” Regina Alferez said. “It wasn’t that we were just not competing for the program, but we got sick a lot in the season so it was very hard to train and to get to this point of the year. We never felt like this before. In the past years, we were competing, at not just competitions but also exhibitions. It was a very tough year.”

U.S.A

The U.S. finished 11th with a score of 84.4000 but received a one-point penalty because the walk on deck was too long by 0.04 seconds. The Robot-themed routine was popular with the crowd, and the choreography itself truly is a gem in terms of artistic impression, musicality, and attention to detail.

The U.S athletes have been excited about this routine right from the start and were thrilled to finally swim it on the world stage. They have welcomed with open arms the many changes their new coaching staff of Andrea Fuentes and Reem Abdalazem has brought on.

“I think they are the best thing that could have ever happened to us as a team,” Nicole Goot said. “We have grown individually and together so much, it’s incomparable to year’s prior. Our attitude towards everything changed. They brought a new perspective on how we train, how we compete, and our mindsets. We are a lot hungrier, more motivated, more innovative, thinking outside the box a lot more, and really supportive of each other a lot more.”

Australia

Australia and Egypt also earned their spots to the 2020 Olympics. The Egyptians finished 17th with a free score of 77.8333 and a combined score of 153.6684 to fill in the African continent quota. The Australians placed 22nd and scored 74.5333 in free, resulting in a combined score of 147.9783 to become the team for the Oceania quota, with a free routine choreographed by Giovanna Burlando, former synchronized swimmer and current technical director for Italy.

“We are really happy with how it went today,” Emily Rogers from Australia said. “We had a lot of pressure, so we are excited. We wanted our best swim. We wanted our score to beat New Zealand because then we would get our spot to represent Oceania in the Olympics.”

Notable, Brazil received a two points penalty in the prelims because it had too many acrobatics movements in its routine. Once again, it has been a difficult championship for the Brazilians as they had to scratch their duo from the competition and to replace Maria Clara Lobo Coutinho in all the team routines.

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USA Artistic Swimming Squad Goals to Qualify for Olympic 2020 Games

US Young Girls, ambitious, and eager to show the world at the Pan American Games 2019 in Lima that they have what it takes to make it to Tokyo 2020 after a 12-year-absence from the Games. Olympic Artistic Swimming fans from all over the world can book summer Olympic Artistic Swimming Tickets online from one of the most trusted online ticketing market platforms.

Their brave and brand-new robot routine has been getting a lot of attention in recent months, and the Olympic Channel has gone behind the scenes to document their progress.

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USA Artistic Swimming Squad Goals to Qualify for Olympic 2020 Games

Can this group of young hopefuls, their star choreographer and four-time Olympic medal-winning coach Andrea Fuentes reach Tokyo 2020?

Only the winner of the women’s team event at the Pan American Games 2019 will gain an automatic Olympic qualifying spot.

Faced Crises

They have been trying to complete the near-impossible. In just five months. The Olympic Channel has followed their inspiring journey. Working hard with “Mr. Robot” Chadd Smith to their working out the campus in Las Vegas.

We were in Barcelona where the USA artistic swimming team showcased their revolutionary routine for the first time outside of the US, and we witnessed their performance at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea.

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Eleven girls’ aims to jump in competition

Before, The USA artistic swimming team was not qualified since the Olympics since 2008. These 11 determined girls are aiming to change that.

The U.S. Federation enlisted the help of famous robot dancer Chadd Smith (aka Madd Chadd) with the aim of developing a competitive artistic routine in time for the world championships and Lima 2019.

Plan

“We wanted to create a routine where people question the reality of what they are seeing,” explains Smith. And of course, to impress the judges.

From Korea to Peru

After presenting the unique robot routine at the FINA World Championships 2019 in Gwangju, Korea for the first time in a major competition word spread very quickly that these women were attempting something totally new for the sport.

While team entrances to the pool are traditionally silky smooth, the United States’ jittering, mechanical approach – designed to imitate a robot walking – is unique and attention-grabbing.

The team displayed some well-executed lifts and jumps that drew plenty of ‘oos’ and ‘ahhs’ from the bleachers.

Their final score was 84.40 points which were commendable but only good enough for an 11th place finish in the final.

“We are much happy, but the coach always wants to do a little bit better. It was team-best performance ever,” coach Fuentes told Olympic Channel immediately after their FINA World Championships 2019 final.

Great competition in Lima

Fuentes told us that she intends to make some changes for their upcoming Pan American Games routine.

“We know it is going to be difficult as we just came from the world championships. This is just one week after. The body is super tired, and now the mind has to be strong. This is what I ask of the team as they seem super tired,” she said to Olympic Channel.

“I told them you must try and fight. You have to finish with pride. For most of them, it is the first time at Pan American Games so this will be a big injection of motivation. “

It will take an amazing performance to finish top in Lima and outclass the favorites Canada and Mexico.

“I am super excited to get another opportunity. We just got back from Korea, and we still need to improve a lot of things,” said Team USA’s Hannah Heffernan. “We definitely need a miracle but we are doing everything we can.”

Should they not win in Lima there is still another chance to make their Olympic dream come true.

The last 3 qualifying spots for the Olympic Games 2020 will be awarded at the final Olympic Qualification competition in April in Tokyo.

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Great Britain’s artistic swimming stars bid to qualify for Tokyo 2020

Great Britain’s artistic swimmers are set to begin their bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A total of 10 teams and 22 duets will be aiming to gain qualification for next year’s Olympic Games at three events during the next 12 months. Olympic Artistic Fan from all over the world can book summer Olympic Artistic Swimming Tickets online from our most trusted online ticketing market platform.

One team place and two duet spots will be up for grabs at the LEN Cup, taking place in St Petersburg, Russia, between May 10-12

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Great Britain’s duet of Kate Short man and Isabelle Thorpe will be bidding to seal an Olympic sport at the first available opportunity – although the standard of the competition is likely to be ‘exceptionally high’.

The team that wins the LEN Cup, and therefore books their place at the Olympics, will also have their duet automatically entered.

One further duet place can be secured by the winning pair or the next best-ranked duo at the LEN Cup if the gold medalist’s country had also won the team event.

Should Great Britain’s team or duet not qualify in the first instance, five more team spaces will be available at the FINA World Championships in Korea, in August, and the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament, in Tokyo, next April.

Seven duet spots can also be worn at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.

Relishing opportunity

Short man and Thorpe will be competing in Tokyo between 27-29 April in the fourth leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series.

The duet impressed during the first leg of the competition in Paris when they set a new personal best score for their karate-themed routine.

They will then team up with Victoria Usher, Daniella Lloyd, Millicent Costello, Greta Hampson, Ilaria Brandimarte, Cerys Larsen, Cerys Hughes, Laura Turnerville and Isobel Blinkhorn for the LEN Cup. The team’s confidence will be boosted by the silver medal they won at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in Paris in the free combination final.

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Russia will be the first time this season that the Great Britain squad will compete in the technical, free and combo team events.

Karen Thorpe England synchro manager, said: “We are expecting the standard in Russia to be exceptionally high as we’re a year out from the Olympic Games.

“The duet hope to place and score well as a stepping stone towards the World Championships in July and we are hoping to be as close to 80 points in all the team events.”

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks but all the athletes have been working hard on a camp in Bristol and are relishing the opportunity to perform on these big stages.”

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Synchronized Swimming Change to artistic swimming name approved by FINA

A proposed name change from Synchronized to “artistic swimming” has been passed here during the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Congress despite opposition from the head coach of the world’s leading nation. Olympic Artistic Fans from all over the world can book summer Olympic Artistic Swiming tickets online from our trusted online ticketing market platform.

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The idea of changing the name is part of a rebranding exercise designed to boost the popularity of the discipline and bring it into line with similar events in other sports, such as gymnastics.

inside the games has been told that it was proposed following a request from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Each and every reference to “synchronized” in the FINA structure has been switched for “artistic”.

This begins with clause 3.1, which now reads: “Aquatics – means swimming, open water swimming, diving, high diving, water polo, artistic swimming, and master’s program activity”.

Questions were raised during the Assembly over how the change would be implemented before it passed a vote with near-unanimous support.

The new name is now expected to be used at all events, including the Olympic Games.

“While diving events are synchronized, we felt that artistic is a more appropriate name for this event,” FINA vice-president Sam Ramsamy told inside the games subsequently,

“It brings it into line with artistic gymnastics and will be better understood by the public and the media.

“This should help us in rebranding and enhancing its popularity all over.”

There is some opposition among athletes and coaches. 

This includes Russia, which has claimed six out of the eight gold medals won so far at the FINA World Championships.

“We are negative about the decision,” Russian head coach Tatyana Pokrovskaya told Russia’s official news agency TASS following the vote.

“We were quite satisfied with the former name because it is primarily synchronized swimming.

“I do not know what kind of whim it is, to whom and what the former name was, but it does not change the essence of our sport.”

Synchronized swimming has featured on the Olympic program since Los Angeles 1984.

Only women’s duet and team events currently take place, although FINA did unsuccessfully propose a mixed duet competition for inclusion at Tokyo 2020.

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