Amazing routine, awkward expressions

12:02, Aug 11 2012
Synchronised Swimming
Great Britain's Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici run through a routine during the Synchronised Swimming training session in July.
Synchronised Swimming
Nadine Brandl and Livia Lang of Austria compete in the Women's Duets on day nine of the Games.
Synchronised Swimming
Alzbeta Dufkova of the Czech Republic.
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Svetlana Romashin, of Russia.
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Mi Hyang Jang, of Korea.
Synchronised Swimming
Sara Labrousse and Chloe Willhelm, of France, compete on day nine of the Games.
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Sarah Bombell, of Australia, holds her counterpart's foot.
Synchronised Swimming
Hui Jong of Korea competes in the Women's Duets Synchronised Swimming Free Routine Preliminary on day 10.
Synchronised Swimming
Evangelia Platanioti, of Greece.
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Nadine Brandl and Livia Lang of Austria compete on Day 10 of the Games.
Synchronised Swimming
Mariangela Perrupato and Giulia Lapi, of Italy.
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Elise Marcotte, of Canada.
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Ballestero Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes Fache, of Spain, compete in the Women's Duets Synchronised Swimming Free Routine Final on day 11.
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Natalia Ishenko and Svetlana Romashina, of Russia.
Synchronised Swimming
Daria Iushko and Kseniya Sydorenko, of the Ukraine.
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Russia competes in the Women's Teams Synchronised Swimming Technical Routine on day 13 of the Games.
Synchronised Swimming
Canada competes in the Women's Teams Synchronised Swimming Technical Routine.
Synchronised Swimming
Russia competes in the Women's Teams Synchronised Swimming Free Routine on day 14.
Synchronised Swimming
Canada competes in the Women's Teams Synchronised Swimming Free Routine.
Synchronised Swimming
Canada competes on day 14 of the Games.
Synchronised Swimming
Japan competes in the Women's Teams Synchronised Swimming Free Routine.

There's no doubt about it, synchronised swimmers - like all Olympians - have to work hard to get where they are.

The London 2012 Olympic website describes the sport as being "all about grace under pressure", with athletes using "pinpoint precision" to effectively dance in the water.

The sport made its Oympic debut at the Los Angeles 1984 Games and along with all the sweat, spit and tears that go into the Olympic routine, there are also a few fantastic expressions too.

But enough of the words, we'll let the photos tell the story.

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