18 Incredible Pictures of Olympic Artistic Swimming

The Russian Olympic Commitee was victorious in the artistic swimming team competition, followed by silver medalists China and bronze winner Ukraine

China's artistic swimming team
China's artistic swimming team. Photo: AP Photo/Morry Gash
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China

China's artistic swimming team
China's artistic swimming team. AP Photo/Morry Gash

The artistic swimming team competition is made up of a technical routine and a free routine, both performed to music.

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Australia

Australia artistic swimming team
The Australia artistic swimming team. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

The technical routine must include five designated movements that last, at most, 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

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Spain

Spain's artistic swimming team
Spain's artistic swimming team. AP Photo/Morry Gash

The free routine, which was held Saturday, lasts three to four minutes long.

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Spain

Spain artistic swimming
Team Spain. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Countries recieve points on synchronisation, difficulty, technique and choreography.

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Australia

Team Australia artistic swimming
Team Australia. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Competitors don't wear just normal swimsuits — they're decorated one-piece costumes and paired with waterproof makeup.

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Ukraine

Ukraine's artistic swimming team
Ukraine's artistic swimming team. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

Often, teams' choreography and music pay homage to the country's culture and heritage.

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Spain

Team Spain Artistic Swimming
Team Spain. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Artistic swimming was first included in the Olympics at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

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Canada

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Team Canada. AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky

According to Olympics.com, the swimmers keep their hair in place with a substance called gelatine, which is often in food products.

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Russian Olympic Committee

Russian Olympic Committee artistic
The Russian Olympic Committee. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

Three panels score the teams, with five judges on each panel.

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Italy

Italy's artistic swimming team
Italy's artistic swimming team. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

Some of the typical moves in artistic swimming include sculling, AKA quickly moving one's hands in the water to remain in one spot without touching the pool's bottom.

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Russian Olympic Committee

The ROC artistic swimming team
The ROC artistic swimming team. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

The swimmers are expected to be able to hold their breath underwater for extended periods of time.

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China

China artistic swimming
China's team. AP Photo/Morry Gash

Artistic swimming is frequently referred to as synchronized swimming in America.

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Canada

Canada's artistic swimming team
Canada's artistic swimming team. AP Photo/Morry Gash

The United States hasn't won a gold medal in team artistic swimming since 1996 in Atlanta.

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China

china artistic swimming
China. AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky

In addition to the team competiton, there is also an artistic swimming duet event in the Olympics.

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Egypt

Egypt's artistic swimming team
Egypt's artistic swimming team. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Russia has been the team artistic swimming champion every Games since 2000 in London.

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China

china artistic swimming
China. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Another move that helps the swimmers stay above water during a performance is the eggbeater kick.

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The Russian Olympic Committee

Russian Olympic Committee swimming
The Russian Olympic Committee. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Every little detail is judged, even the extension of the performers' fingertips.

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China

china artistic swimming
China. AP Photo/Morry Gash

China has taken the silver medal in the team event every year since the 2012 London Games.

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