Those too sensitive to even squint underwater are amazed at Olympic synchronised swimmers, who do upside-down splits and soar out of the pool with wide-open, dolled-up eyes staring straight at judges.
Synchronised swimmers gradually shed their goggles as competitions approach, hoping their muscle memory and gradual tolerance to chlorine compensate for blurry vision. Of course that can be tricky for those swimmers who have less-than-perfect vision. But Canada's Jacqueline Simoneau, 19, who is nearsighted, has a trick to put her contact lenses on before competition.
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