A hybrid of swimming, gymnastics, and ballet, synchronized swimming involves competitors (either individuals or teams) performing aesthetically pleasing and difficult movements while holding their breath and keeping afloat in water.
Synchronized swimming is an Olympic sport open to women since 1984, but not open to men, which combines the qualities of gymnastics and ice dance, but is performed in an extremely difficult and challenging medium.
Competitors point to the strength, flexibility, and endurance required to perform difficult routines.
Competitors when performing routines will typically wear a noseclip. Hair is worn tied back and high and smoothed with Knox gelatin. Routines typically last 2–4 minutes, in either solos, duets, trios, or teams. Only duets and teams may compete at the Olympic Games.