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What Types of People Hate Synchronized Swimming?


Last week’s cartoon was about one of the most powerful women in the country, and possibly the world. No, not Hillary, Oprah. (All really famous women have just one name, have you noticed?) Oh, Oprah.

I couldn’t let another week go by without an Olympics cartoon.

(After 3 days of watching the Olympics for the Diving they promised (my favorite! Cynthia Potter!), which meant turning the TV on every 15 minutes, since there’s no real schedule, and not finding ONE SPLASH, I was thinking of titling this, Why does NBC hate diving so much? But that would have been ungracious.)

fish bowlEven more than diving, synchronized swimming has been getting a bad rap for years. It’s not my favorite, but it’s worth a few minutes of the day to watch some routines. I mean, you couldn’t do it. But does there exist a talk show or comedian, or talk host who doesn’t make fun of it every single year? I think not.

When I Googled why do people hate synchronized swimming?, I found out I wasn’t the only person concerned about this matter. Or, as another person put it, Why do people think synchronized swimming is easy and pointless?

Meanwhile, I guess horse people have been feeling a little neglected, and for sure, you can rarely find an equestrian event in 2 whole weeks. One writer just posted an article complaining about the lack of interest in equestrian events, and included a chart from a poll about the best/worst Olympic events.

She wasn’t kidding! Check it out:

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I thought the swimmers were maligned, but people really hate the poor horses! Aw.

But what do the synchronized swimmers themselves think? Let’s go straight to the horse’s mouth. One former synchronized swimmer and coach answers some questions about the sport, and said, basically, that most viewers are just stupid.

She talks about hair gel, and even gives a secret for how they stay in sync underwater. (Thanks for ruining it, sister.) But the #1 question swimmers get asked is just delightful:

“If one of you drowns, do you all drown?”

O. M. G.

So what are your favorite and least favorite Olympic sports? 🙂

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What Types of People Hate Synchronized Swimming?

Donna Barstow

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