At the turn of the twentieth century, synchronized swimming was known as aquatic ballet. The first recorded contest took place in 1891 in Berlin, Germany. Many swimming clubs were formed at that time and the sport developed simultaneously in Canada.
In addition to being a sport, it has often been a popular addition to Music Hall nights and in theaters of larger varieties in London or Glasgow. That’s equipped with water tanks on stage for this purpose. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Olympic Artistic Swimming Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
The first Olympic event was held at the 1952 Olympic Games, where Helsinki officials welcomed Kay Curtis and lit a torch in his honor. Curtis died in 1980 but synchronized swimming did not become an official Olympic sport until the 1984 Summer Olympics.
It was not until 1968 that FINA officially recognized synchronized swimming as the fourth most water sports, next to swimming, diving on platform and water polo.
From 1984 to 1992, the Summer Olympics included solo and duet competitions, but both were abandoned in 1996 for the team competition. However, at the 2000 Olympics, the duo competition was reinstated and now appears alongside the team competition.
Artistic swimming has been part of the Aquatic World Championships since the beginning. From 1973 to 2001, the world swimming championships were held in solo, duet and team. In 2003, a combination of free routine, including solo, duet, and team elements, was added. In 2005, it was renamed free combination.
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For the team competitions, the highest ranking NOC in each of the five continental championships, with the exception of the host country, Japan, will be qualified. The remaining NOCs will be able to qualify for the top two places at the 2019 World Aquatic Championships and the top three places in the Olympic qualifying tournament.
For the duo, the highest ranked NOC in each of the five continental championships without a qualifying team will ensure a secure place. The other seven NOCs ranked first will be selected as part of the Olympic qualifying tournament. The 10 NOCs already qualified in the team competition will automatically qualify a duo.
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