The Rio Olympics have well and truly kicked off and athletes are in full swing, fighting for gold medals for their countries. One of the more memorable events, partly due to its hilarious photo opportunities, is the Synchronised Swimming event. Firstly, let's give credit where credit's due: this sport looks bloody hard. Most people struggle even doing a doggy paddle in a pool, let alone performing a routine to music in sync with several teammates. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's have a giggle at the photos captured from past Synchronised Swimming events and guess which songs would suit each routine. The Synchronised Swimming events kick off at this year's Olympics next Monday 15th of August, so good luck to our Oz team. Fingers crossed they are fortuitous in their quest for gold and good photos.
Major Lazer - Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)
Look, sometimes the Olympic pools aren't at the ideal temperature and it's up to your teammates to get you out of the cold water. "Everybody gets high sometimes, you know" which is just the case here. Although the body of water may prickle one's skin and you "feel you're sinking", you've just got to "take a deep breath," get back in the water and "let it go" to ensure you get that gold medal you're after.
Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath
As humans, we are incapable of surviving too long underwater. We still insist on diving below the depths of bodies of water, particularly when it comes to Olympic sports. Synchronised Swimming requires the atheles to look majestic in and out of water, a task which is difficult for any living, breathing human being, particularly when so much energy is being exerted. "Can you keep up?" Destiny's Child asks, almost taunting the other players in the game. "Bring the noise, make me lose my breath," they continue. They may be out of breath but the crowd's applause is providing them with the noise of cheering to keep them going.
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?
A kick to one's body always comes as a bit of a surprise. "Can I kick it? (Yes, you can!)" remarks A Tribe Called Quest, a question and answer that verifies permission to ensure that the swimmers' routine follows through with the promise that "A lower plateau is what we're above". Yes, most kicks can come as a surprise but sometimes all you need is a kick to the butt from someone to launch you higher to your goals.
The Moonwalk, the Hammer Dance, the Superman - all iconic dances which bookmark important times in musical history. "Now watch me," remarks Soulja Boy in 'Crank That', commanding attention from his peers. The swimmer appearing in this picture knows that using Soulja's signature move is going to command the same attention from the crowd. She's going to lean and she's going to crank that, all while staying super-soaked thanks to the Olympic pool. She'll ask the crowd "who's going to win that gold?" to which they'll reply, 'Youuuuuuu!".
Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
The Big Apple has inspired many a song with the most iconic of the bunch being Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York'. The two swimmers pictured are shown taking huge bites from imagined apples, showing their determination to be "A-number-one, top of the list, king of the hill" and "top of the heap". If they can make it at the 2016 Olympics, they can make it anywhere.
Nelly - Flap Your Wings
"Get your eagle on, girl," suggests Nelly in 'Flap Your Wings'. One of the more graceful moves in the world of Synchronised Swimming, the 'flap your wings' gesture defies gravity, enabling the swimmer to launch out of the pool with the pride of an eagle. She'll also use those wings "to fly south for the winter", particularly when the Olympics are located in the Southern Hemisphere, like this year. "Girl soaking like she just got out of the pool," Nelly also says. She will be, indeed.