Perhaps one of the most underrated sports around is synchronized swimming. Also known as water ballet, the sport combines grace and artistry with strength, endurance, and flexibility. The women who compete are known to perform their routines with classical music, but the Spanish team in the video below decided to mix it up a little bit.
Interestingly enough, the sport is rife with outdated rules. To this day, men are barred from entering the Olympics on a synchronized swimming team. The sport has always highlighted entertainment over athleticism, but that should not be the case. It requires an incredible degree of athleticism, as does traditional ballet, and should not be belittled in any way.
The Spanish swimmers in the video below are the renegades of the synchronized swimming world. Instead of performing to the standard classical tune, they decided to swim to the rock ‘n’ roll anthem by Led Zeppelin, “Stairway To Heaven.”
The song starts soft and slowly only to pick up the tempo in true Zeppelin style. Just wait for the guitar solo near the end!
These incredible athletes earned the gold medal for this routine for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Italy. Share and spread some smiles!
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