Episode 40: Synchronized Swimming Is No Joke

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Today we’re delighted to have Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Simoneau to explain the sport of synchronized swimming. This sport is no joke – it requires stamina and strength and the ability to take a kick, perhaps to the head. Jacqueline explains it all, the sequins, the hair gelatin, and the amazingly complicated moves like stack lifts, spins and thrusts. It’s nothing like that classic SNL sketch.

Jacqueline competed in the duet competition with veteran Karine Thomas at the Rio 2016 Games, earning a 7th place for their combined routines. Check out their free performance here (they’re first up), which is pretty amazing, but here’s their 2015 Pan Am free routine, which is phenomenal (Jill may have watched it a few times today).

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We also have updates on Team Olympic Fever members Erin Jackson and Emily Cook!

Don’t forget that our Olympic Fever Book Club selection is “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. Have you been reading (or listening, thanks to the free download you can get when you sign up for an Audible trial)? Join the discussion on our Facebook page–we’ll be discussing the book on the show the first week in August.

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