Best Olympic Water Sports
The Best Olympic Water Sports have either solo, duo, or team competitions. Water sports have competitors with hot bodies in skimpy suits that is entertaining to watch whether you know about the rules or not, so why not learn the rules and regulations. The best Olympic water sports have been around long before they became part of the Olympic Games, but have since made their marks on fans around the world.
- Swimming. The popular Olympic water sport, swimming, has been featured in the Games since 1896. Early Olympic events were freestyle (crawl) or breaststroke, while backstroke was added in 1904, and butterfly stroke in the 1940s. The Olympic competition is done by men and women, and each competitor wears goggles to protect the eyes and improve visibility underwater, and a swim cap which keeps hair clear of eyes. The Olympic size pool is 50 meters long, with 8 lanes, and a touch pad at the end of each lane which registers and sends times electronically to scoreboards. There are currently 17 different events including individual, and team competitions. The first Olympic event created was the 50 metre freestyle, which now comes in 100, 200, 400, and 800 metre categories. The individual backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly only are competed in 100 and 200 metres. The 4 x 100 freestyle relay has 4 swimmers complete one full lap of freestyle, and 4 x 100 metre medley relay ,in which each of the 4 swimmers does a full lap of a different stroke. The winner of each race is the swimmer with the quickest time.
- Diving. The Olympic water sport is competed on a flexible diving board that is at least six metres long, two metres wide, and has a non-slip surface. The board can be adjusted to create more or less spring, and Olympic athletes dive into a pool at least five meters deep. Making its Olympic debut in 1904, the male Olympian gets to perform six dives, and the female performs five dives during each of the three rounds. Different standing that can be performed include, forward, backward, handstand, twisting, reverse, and inward. Running dives that have been adapted into the Olympic sport include, pike, and flying somersault. Contestants are scored from 0-10 by seven judges, and the technical difficulty of the dive is taken into account.
- Water Polo. Developed in Europe and the United States as two differing sports, the faster, less dangerous European style predominated, and today this is the form of the game practiced universally. Consisting of seven-man teams playing four seven-minute periods it became an Olympic sport at the 1900 Paris Games. The sport involves players swimming as they pass a ball weighing between 400g and 450g between each other down the length of a pool. There are lanes and ropes with buoys which are used to distinguish the field of play and imaginary distances from the goals. Each netted 3.0m wide and 0.9m high, goal is floating on the water is guarded by a goalie. The object is to get the ball in the opponents net, and there are two referees, one on each side of the pool, and two goal judges, one at each end.
- Synchronized swimming. A combination of water acrobatics with music was developed in 1933 by Katherine Curtis, and coined "synchronized swimming" by former Olympic swimming gold medallist Norman Ross. One of the best Olympic water sports, synchronized swimming is contested only by women, and is competed in duos or teams. 20 basic positions are used during the sequences and they can be done on the surface, or submerged including, the flemish, the crane, group position, the fishtail, the horseman, forward walk, backwards walk, the forward, and the dolphin. The Olympian event is done in one phase which comprises both the technical and free routines. The technical routine is a set of compulsory moves while the artistic is free. Both are marked out of ten by two juries of five judges. The best and work marks in each jury are then discarded and the pair or team with the highest overall score is the winner.