Sports: Synchronized Swimming

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Peg Seller
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They called their invention "ornamental and scientific swimming;" we know it as synchronized swimming. It was a Canadian idea, developed by three Montreal women who recognized that not everyone interested in competitive aquatics cared for speed swimming. It is also one of the few sports developed by women, for women. Peg Seller (Herstory 1977) was instrumental in encouraging the development of synchronized swimming, writing the rules for international competition and lobbying to have it recognized as an Olympic event. Canadian women have excelled at the sport: most recently, Sylvie Fréchette (Herstory 1995) won a gold medal despite personal tragedy and errors by the Olympic judges.


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