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History of

Artistic Swimming

Artistic swimming, also known as synchronised swimming, is a relatively new discipline that has its origins in water acrobatics. It is hugely popular in the United States.

Glass Tank Performer

At the turn of the 20th century, Annette Kellerman, an Australian swimmer, toured the United States performing water acrobatics. Her shows proved very popular and a sport was born.

Performing With Music

The sport was developed further by Katherine Curtis, who had the idea of combining water acrobatics with music. Her students performed at the 1933-34 Chicago "Century of Progress" Fair, where the announcer, former Olympic swimming gold medallist Norman Ross, coined the term "synchronised swimming".