Taking viewers behind the scenes for an up-close look at the dedication, precision and athleticism required to make an Olympic team, Synchro Sisters shows you the sport of synchronized swimming like you’ve never seen it before. The four-episode docu-drama series premieres this Thursday, 13 July, and will be available worldwide exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps.
Synchro Sisters follows the day-in and day-out of the athletes and coaches of the Aquamaids (Santa Clara, Calif., USA) and Aquanuts (Walnut Creek, Calif., USA) in the weeks prior to competition with National Team selection on the line. Known internationally for their success in the pool, the reality-driven series delves into the fierce rivalry between these two esteemed clubs from California’s Bay Area who use each other to push themselves to excellence in search of Olympic Gold.
Coached by International Swimming Hall of Famers Chris Carver (Aquamaids) and Gail Emery (Aquanuts), who served as co-coaches for the U.S. National Team that won gold in the inaugural team event at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, the athletes take viewers on their journey through their mental and physical preparations, and also how their families and the game of “bingo” play an important role in their success.
“It is all based on the desire to pursue excellence,” said Carver. “On a national level, Gail and I were fierce competitors. I wanted nothing more than to beat her. And she set the bar very, very high.”
The two coaches encourage a friendly rivalry between the two clubs not only to raise their teams’ performances, but also in efforts to return the U.S to the top of the podium as the sport continues to grow in popularity across the nation.
“We have athletes at the National Training Centres from all over the U.S. and from very small clubs who are as good, if not better, as these two clubs,” according to USA Synchro CEO and High Performance Director Myriam Glez.
Olympic Channel Episode Guide: Synchro Sisters
Episode 1 – Synchro Sisters
The world-class rivalry of Aquanuts and Aquamaids. Dive into the historic rivalry of two of the elite synchronised swimming clubs in the U.S. as they prepare to compete at nationals.
Episode 2 – Synchro Sisters
How two of the world’s best synchro clubs strike a balance. Members of Aquanuts and Aquamaids reveal the sacrifices — both inside the pool and out — required for elite synchronised swimming.
Episode 3 – Synchro Sisters
Synchro’s big backers will shock you. Learn about the surprising multi-million-dollar businesses that keep the two synchronised swimming clubs afloat.
Episode 4 – Synchro Sisters
A cruel twist threatens one squad’s dreams. In the final episode, the Aquanuts and the Aquamaids go head-to-head as they compete at the most important synchro competition of the year.
Synchro Sisters was produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by VICE Media.
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A short trailer for Synchro Sisters can be watched HERE.
The series will be available with subtitles in one of 10 languages in addition to English by selecting the “CC” button found on the lower right of the episode videos.