Sunday, August 5, 2012 showcases the London 2012 Synchronized swimming Doodle on the Google Search Engine. The London 2012 synchronized swimming doodle is the 10th Google Doodle for the London 2012 Olympics.
Facts about the London 2012 synchronized swimming Doodle
- This is the second time that a synchronized swimming Google doodle is used for Olympic Games. The first Google Doodle for synchronized swimming appeared on August 24, 2004 at the Athens Olympic Games.
- The 2004 Athens Olympic Games – Synchronized Swimming Doodle had 2 athletes in the doodle, where the London 2012 synchronized swimming image has 8 athletes.
- The 8 swimmers in the doodle complete the doodle and form the letter “o” in Google.
- The London 2012 synchronized swimming is in sync with the actual Olympics time tables and schedules. The event starts on the 5th of August, 2012 to the 10th of August, 2012.
- The event has been part of the Olympics since 1984 when it first made its appearance at the Los Angeles, California, United States, and Summer Olympics.
- The United States, Canada and Japan have traditionally been the strongest nations in the sport, winning every Olympic medal from 1984 through 1996, but Russia has recently dominated, winning every event in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
- Synchronized Swimming began as a sport for men in the 1800s. It is now one of two disciplines on today’s Olympic sport to be contested only by women. The other is Rhythmic Gymnastics.
- Synchronized swimming (often abbreviated to Synchro) is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, combos, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Synchronized swimming demands advanced water skills, and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control when upside down underwater.
- Olympic and World Championship competition is not open to men, but other international and national competitions allow male competitors.
- In 1933–1934 Kathryn Curtis organized a show, “The Modern Mermaids,” for the World Exhibition in Chicago, which the announcer introduced as “Synchronized Swimming.” This was the first mentioning of the term synchronized swimming, although Curtis still used the term rhythmic swimming instead of synchronized.
“Synchronized Swimming 2004 Google Doodle”