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    INTRODUCTION: In the Soviet Union the annual synchronized swimming championships ended on Sunday (6 December).It is only the third time national championships have been staged in the country -- an indication of how new the sport is at a competitive level.For the first time, the event will be included as one of the sports in the Olympic Games when they're held in Los Angeles in 1984.

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    GV TOP SHOT Burevestnik Sports Club of Moscow performing in USSR cup for group performance.
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    GV Flags of the competing clubs.
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    GV Irina Potyomkina, aged 16, of Moscow, a schoolgirl competing in individual event.
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    SPORT: SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: In the Soviet Union the annual synchronized swimming championships ended on Sunday (6 December).It is only the third time national championships have been staged in the country -- an indication of how new the sport is at a competitive level.For the first time, the event will be included as one of the sports in the Olympic Games when they're held in Los Angeles in 1984.

    SYNOPSIS: There are three classes of competition in synchronized swimming.Here a group perform the team event.The two other classes involve individual and pairs competitions.The team performing here in Moscow's Olympic swimming pool are from the Burevestnik club, based in the Soviet capital.They went on to win the team event.Like other Soviet teams their average age is around 17, and most have only been competing in the sport for a relatively short time.

    Synchronized swimming is attracting more competitors and its also attracting large crowds.These Soviet championships were performed in front of a sell-out crowd of ten thousand.

    In competition, synchronized swimming follows the pattern of figure skating on ice.The routines involve use of classical ballet, music and water gymnastics.It looks easy but in fact it's said to be the most difficult of all water sports.

    The individual event at the Soviet Championship was won by a 16-year-old Moscow schoolgirl - Irina Potyomkina.She also performs in the pairs event with her team mate, Tatiana Heister.Like other leading swimmers in the sport they are now aiming for a medal in the next Olympics.All the top competitors require a variety of swimming skills.They need the superior leg strength of water polo players, the endurance and controlled breathing of speed swimmers and the extreme body flexibility of divers.To all this skills have to be add a sense of timing, both with the music, and in the pairs and team event, with teammates.It's likely to become one of the most popular events in future Olympics.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZT66YNOK7SHCL3CAR2HDJSWN
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZT66YNOK7SHCL3CAR2HDJSWN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
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