Indianapolis 2010, day 3: Finals begin Saturday in Indianapolis
The stage is set for the finals of the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. The world's most elite junior synchronised swimmers finished competing in the figures competition on Friday. Scores from Wednesday and Thursday's preliminaries will be combined with Friday’s figure scores to determine the 12 finalists in the solo, duet and the team free routine.
The finals in the Duet Free Routine and in the Team Free Routine will be held on Saturday. The world junior champions in both the Solo Free Routine and the Free Routine Combination events will be crowned Sunday at the conclusion of finals.
YOG Singapore 2010, One Day to go: Swimming gets ready, Village gets busy
With one day to go for the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (SIN), the Swimming family held this Friday, August 13, its Team Leaders meeting before the start of the competition, to be held from August 15-20. The first motive of celebration relates with the very significant participation in the 34 swimming events – the 400 athletes allowed by the IOC quota for this discipline represent 153 National Olympic Committees.
In a meeting held in the Youth Olympic Village, team leaders and responsible for the many delegations present in Singapore, were briefed on the technical procedures surrounding the competition and were happy to know that the facility for Swimming – the Singapore Sports School – will provide optimal conditions for excellent performances. This is a venue well known by the FINA Family, as it hosts the annual leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup (in 25m-pool).
Indianapolis 2010, day 2: Russia prevails in Solo and Combination events
The energy and the enthusiasm of FINA’s youngest athletes was evident and also contagious during the preliminaries of the Combination at “The Nat” on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. The second day of competition of the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships yielded few surprises in the evening's Combination Event or the morning’s preliminary Solo stage.
Athletes from Russia, Ukraine, China and Canada found themselves in the top three spots in the Solo and combination events after the preliminary rounds. The Solo requires a swimmer to synchronise a routine to music. The Combination is considered a fan-favorite and incorporates a variety of different routines into one four and a half minute programme. Ten athletes from each nation swam a programme set to the music that gave their performances a unique signature reflecting their athleticism and artistry.
Indianapolis 2010, day 1: Russia, Ukraine and Canada start favourite
Some of the future stars of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil displayed their creativity and athleticism today during the first day of competition at the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships. The five day competition is being held at the Indiana University Natatorium ( "The Nat") on the campus of IUPUI. This spectacular venue was the site of the 2007 USA Synchronised Swimming’s National Championships where the USA’s 2008 Olympic Team and the 2009 World Championship teams were selected. The 1984, 1988 and the 1996 US Olympic Synchronised Swimming teams were also selected at this venue.
"The Nat” is often referred to as the House of Champions. Huge banners hang from the ceiling with the photos of American swimming heroes including Janet Evans and Matt Biondi along with banners of many other US legends. Painted on the wall behind the diving well are the names of every athlete who qualified for a US Olympic team during their respective US Olympic Trials. Arguably the greatest aquatic venue in American history, "The Nat" has hosted more aquatic national championships and selection events than any other US venue. USA Swimming selected their Olympic teams for the 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games at the “Nat”. USA Diving held their Olympic Trials in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and in 2000.
First Youth Olympic Games medals unveiled!
As the athletes prepare for their arrival in Singapore, the first medals for the Youth Olympic Games were unveiled. Competition takes place between 15 and 26 August, where the best performing athletes will be awarded this specially designed medal. FINA will be represented in the disciplines of Swimming and Diving.
The obverse design was created by Setsuko Fukuzawa from Japan, winner of the Medal Design Competition held by the International Olympic Committee in the build-up to Singapore 2010. Her medal features the flames and waves, symbolising the Olympic spirit and the cheering of athletes. The Olympian’s body shaped in a ‘Y’ is reminiscent of Goddess Nike and stands for Youth, as referred to in the “Yes Youth Can” slogan, the name that Setsuko gave to her creation. The reverse side features the mythical lion synonymous with Singapore, and emblem for the Games, which represents the spirit of youth.
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