The West German Synchronised Swimming Championships were held in the small city on Ludwigsburg at the beginning of May.
GV Ludwigsburg swimming pool.
GV & SV Girls performing gymnastic exercises in gymnasium. (2 SHOTS)
GV Competitors enter water at beginning of competition and begin exercises.
CU (underwater) & TV Exercises in progress. (3 SHOTS)
GV Completion of exercise.
SPORT: SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING
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Background: The West German Synchronised Swimming Championships were held in the small city on Ludwigsburg at the beginning of May. Synchronised swimming is one of the lesser known water sports, but demands a high level of physical fitness as competitors are required to perform with the acrobatic ability of a gymnast -- both above and below the water.
SYNOPSIS: Ludwigsburg played host to over one hundred women from twenty-five clubs throughout West Germany. The warm-up exercise before entering the water are reminiscent of ballet, and the swimmers have to display similar skill and artistry. When the competitors take to the water, the grace of the sport becomes apparent as the swimmers perform somersaults, twists and spins in time to music played through underwater loud speakers.
Synchronised Swimming is popular in many countries, including the United States, but although it is recognised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA), it is not included in the Olympic games. Each competition has two sections. The first requires the precise execution of compulsory figures. Points from this section are added to those from the free-form programme when competitors get every chance to demonstrate the elegance and charm of this unusual sport.