|Canada’s synchronized swimming team unveils themes and music for its 2012 Olympic duet routines|
Calgary, May 12, 2012 – Canada’s senior national synchronized swimming team for the 2012 Olympic Games officially unveiled today in Calgary its themes and music for its new technical and freestyle duet routines being prepared for London this summer.
Duet team members Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon and Élise Marcotte were in Calgary for the announcement.
Also attending the announcement were 2012 Canadian Olympic team Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury, Michelle Cameron, the 1988 Olympic champion in duet with Carolyn Waldo, 1948 Olympian Ernie McCullough as well as synchronized swimmers, coaches and officials who are taking part in the MASY Challenge at the Talisman Centre in Calgary.
Duet free routine: Jester
For the duet free routine set for Monday August 6 at 3 p.m., Canada will perform its three minute and thirty second Jester routine which features music from the Cirque du Soleil’s La nouba soundtrack.
‘’The theme and music have a link to England,’’ said Canadian team coach Julie Sauvé. ‘’This routine features drama and comedy - a recognition to English writers such as William Shakespeare - and stars the jester whose role was to entertain Kings and Queens. I feel Marie-Pier and Élise will easily connect to the spectators and in return they will influence the judges with their appreciation!’’
Duet technical routine: Zipper
For the duet technical routine, the theme is Zipper and it will be performed on August 5th at 3 p.m. (London time). The duet technical event opens the synchronized swimming competition at the London Games.
The routine lasts two minutes and 20 seconds and the music is a medley of several pieces.
‘’The music is very original,’’ said Julie Sauvé. ‘’All the movements in the routine naturally flow with each section of the soundtrack. The links to those movements blend extremely well with the music.’’
The top 12 pairs based on preliminary scores for the technical and free routines will advance to the final set for August 7 at 3 p.m. The finalists will swim their free routine once more. The final standings will be based on the scores from all three performances for the finalists and two performances for the pairs that do advance to the final.
About Synchro Canada
Synchro Canada is the national organization governing synchronized swimming in Canada. It represents 10 provincial associations, a territorial association, as well as some 150 clubs and 12,000 members across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing aquatic sports organization, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence by developing the athletes, citizens and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at every level. Synchro Canada would like to thank its sponsors:
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