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Synchronized Swimming women duet

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Grasping for glory

London 2012 - Team Mexico, Nuria Diosdado Garcia (L) and Isabel Delgado Plancarte (R) cup their hands to represent wolves’ claws during their synchronized swimming duets routine.
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Synchronized squirt

London 2012 - Team Mexico represent wolves with a water-spewing “howl.”
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Photo op for Brazil

London 2012 - Brazil’s synchronized swimming pair pose for a photo with coaches and supporters.
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Dragon lady

London 2012 - Adorned with a dragon on her suit, Ou Liu of China draws her talons and prepares to begin her routine.
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Always in synch

London 2012 - Even during warm up, Olympic duet athletes are always in-synch.
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Inverted lift

London 2012 - Synchronized duet from Greece demonstrate an inverted lift.
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Ukraine a head above

London 2012 - Kseniya Sydorenko rises above Daria Iushko in an artistic formation to represent an owl. Team Ukraine finishes sixth in free routine qualification and advance to the final in synchronized swimming duets.
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Plain suits for practice

London 2012 - Guila Lapi and Mariangela Perrupato shun elaborate makeup and sequined swimsuits in favor of the Italian “azzurri” while practicing for synchronized swimming duets competition.
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French swans

London 2012 - Beginning their duets routine with a swan motif, Sara Labrousse and Chloe Willhelm France spread their wings and take to the water
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Czech duet

London 2012 - Sona Bernardova and Alzbeta Dufkova perfor for Czech Republic in synchronized swimming duets qualifying competition.
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Tail flukes?

London 2012 - Scientists use the tail fluke sightings to identify individual whales, but this technique is more difficult to apply to Olympic synchronized swimmers.
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Egyptian headdress

London 2012 - Egypt’s synchronized swimming duo wear golden headbands during qualifying competition.
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Swiss miss

London 2012 - The Swiss synchronized swimming duet perform well, but finish outside the top twelve and do not advance to the final free routine.
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Jang and Jong perform

London 2012 - Jang Hyang Mi and Jong Yon Hui perform for DPR Korea in synchronized swimming duets qualifying free routine.
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Japan advances in duets

London 2012 - Japanese pair Yukiko Inui and Chisa Kobayashi score well and advance to join the top twelve in the duets final.
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Swiss precision

London 2012 - Switzerland athletes Pamela Fischer and Anja Nyffeler begin their qualifying free routine in synchronized swimming duets.
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Elevated emotion

London 2012 - Italian synchronized swimmers burst out of the water in a state of elevated glee.
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Feeling the energy

London 2012 - Jenna Randall (L) and Olivia Federici (R) feel the energy of their British fans and advance to the final in duet free routine.
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Look into my eyes

London 2012 - Spanish synchronized swimmers are face to face in the middle of their duet routine.
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A big surprise?

London 2012 - Nayara Figueira and Lara Teixeira of Brazil appear to be surprised, but use their above water moment to take as deep a breath as possible.
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Brazilian toes

London 2012 - Brazil’s duet perform in synchronized swimming.
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Korean sisters clinch last qualifying spot

London 2012 - Sisters Park Hyunha and Park Hyunsun of South Korea receive scores high enough to secure a place in the synchronized swimming duets final
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That’s entertainment

London 2012 - Kazakhstan’s routine followed a show business theme.
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Who is the brainy one?

London 2012 - Costumes for duets team Brazil depict the human body, including a swim cap resembling the brain.
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Reaching for perfection

London 2012 - Aigerim Zhexembinova of Kazakhstan reaches for perfection in women’s duets synchronized swimming free routine qualification.
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Lovely divers

London 2012 - Sona Bernardova and Alzbeta Dufkova enter the water together for Czech Republic in synchronized swimming duets.
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Difficult moves

London 2012 - North Korean swimmers raise their legs and heads above water simultaneously during their duets presentation.
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Spanish smile

London 2012 - Ona Carbonell Ballestero smiles during her performance with Spanish partner Andrea Fuentes Fache.
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North Koreans start the evening

London 2012 - The first duet to perform in the Olympic Aquatics Centre for the qualification free routine are Jang Hyang Mi and Jong Yon Hui of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
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Twins take the water

London 2012 - Twin sisters from Argentina, Etel and Sofia Sanchez, dive to start their routine.
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Performance starts above

London 2012 - The performance begins on the pool deck for Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall of Great Britain.
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Wet duet

London 2012 - British synchronized swimmers burst above the water during duets competition.
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Team Japan make a splash

London 2012 - Japan’s synchronized swimming duet perform during qualification free routine, finish the day with the 5th best score, and join the final 12 to compete for gold.
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US bring the torch to the finals

London 2012 - Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva perform their “Olympic Torch” duets routine and secure spot #11 of 12 for the final.
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Mexico up and happy

London 2012 - Team Mexico achieve excellent elevation out of the water and wear genuine smiles during the duets qualifying round.
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Forming a “W”

London 2012 - DPR Korea’s duet form a “W” while sculling under water.
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Warming up upside down

London 2012 - Synchronized swimmers spend much of their time upside down underwater. Here team Italy warms up for duets.
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China start routine

London 2012 - Team China begin their routine in duets and finish second to advance to the final.
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