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    The Out To Swim Angels is Great Britain's only male synchronized swimming team, but the group was barred from competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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  • The Out To Swim Angels wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee and FINA, swimming's governing body, arguing that men deserve to compete in synchronized swimming. They're asking that the rules be changed in time for the 2016 games in Rio.

    The Out To Swim Angels wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee and FINA, swimming's governing body, arguing that men deserve to compete in synchronized swimming. They are asking that the rules be changed in time for the 2016 games in Rio.
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    "I think it's incredibly ironic that the Olympics are all about equality, yet we don't have a chance to compete, and other mens' teams don't have a chance to participate," said Out To Swim Angels team captain Stephen Adshead.
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  • Synchronize Swimming

    The Out To Swim Angels said to get the public to take them seriously, all they need to do is demonstrate their routine. The swimmers never touch the bottom of the pool, and their moves require incredible core strength.
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  • Synchronize Swimming

    Memebers of the Out To Swim Angels all-male synchronized swim team are shown here with ESPN's Julie Foudy. The British team was created three years ago and is coached by Sanela Nikolic, a former Yugoslav champion (not shown). Last year, they brought home a gold medal from the Eurogames in Rotterdam.
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    Two synchronized swimmers, circa 1935. Synchronized swimming, first known as "water ballet," rose to competition at the beginning of the 20th century. The first U.S. synchronized swimming competition occurred in 1939 at Wright Junior College in Chicago.
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  • Synchronize Swimming

    Synchronized swimming was glamorized by actress and professional swimmer Esther Williams in the 1940s and early 1950s. Here, Williams holds onto a ring and swings precisionly above the synchronize swimmers below in a scene from the 1952 film, "Million Dollar Mermaid."
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  • Synchronize Swimming

    Synchronized swimming was first demonstrated at the Olympics in 1952, but it didn't become an official event until 1984. Since then, it has only been opened to female teams. Pictured here is American synchronized swimmer Tracy Ruiz with her coach Charlotte Davis after taking home the gold at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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  • Synchronize Swimming

    Members of the Out To Swim Angels are not the first male synchronized swimmers to be barred from the Olympics. Bill May, who won several awards swimming with women, was barred from the 2004 Olympics in Athens. May is shown here competing with Kristina Lum of the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
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  • Synchronize Swimming

    Californian Kenyon Smith of the Santa Clara Aquamaids, shown here in 2007, was one of best synchronized swimmers in the world, but he was blocked from entering the 2008 games in Beijing.
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