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National Team of Ukraine with Head Coach Svetlana Saidova.


..At the turn of the 20th century, synchronised swimming was known as water ballet. The first recorded competition was in 1891 in Berlin, Germany. Many swim clubs were formed around that time, and the sport simultaneously developed in Canada. As well as existing as a sport, it often constituted a popular addition to Music Hall evenings, in the larger variety theatres of London or Glasgow which were equipped with huge on-stage water tanks for the purpose.


In 1907, Australian Annette Kellerman popularized the sport when she performed in a glass tank as an underwater ballerina (the first water ballet in a glass tank) in the New York Hippodrome. After experimenting with various diving actions and stunts in the water, Katherine Curtis started one of the first water ballet clubs at the University of Chicago, where the team began executing strokes, "tricks," and floating formations. On May 27, 1939, the first U.S. synchronized swimming competition took place at Wright Junior College between Wright and the Chicago Teachers' College.


In 1924, the first competition in North America was in Montreal, with Peg Seller as the first champion.


Other important pioneers for the sport are Beulah Gundling, Käthe Jacobi, Marion Kane Elston, Dawn Bean, Billie MacKellar, Teresa Anderson, Gail Johnson, Gail Emery, Charlotte Davis, Mary Derosier, Norma Olsen and Clark Leach.Charlotte Davis coached Tracie Ruiz and Candy Costie, who won the gold medal in duet synchronized swimming at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.


In 1933 and 1934, Katherine Whitney Curtis organized a show, "The Kay Curtis Modern Mermaids", for the World Exhibition in Chicago. The announcer, Norman Ross, introduced the sport as "synchronized swimming" for the first time. The term eventually became standardized through the AAU, but Curtis still used the term "rhythmic swimming" in her book, Rhythmic Swimming: A Source Book of Synchronized Swimming and Water Pageantry (Minneapolis: Burgess Publishing Co., 1936).


Curtis persuaded the AAU to make synchronised swimming an officially recognized sport in December 1941, but she herself transferred overseas in 1943. She served as the Recreation Director of the Red Cross under Generals Patton and Eisenhower, during which time she produced the first international aquacade in Caserta, Italy. She was the Director of Travel in post-war Europe until 1962. In 1959 the Helms Hall of Fame officially recognized Curtis (along with Annette Kellerman) – ascribing to her the primary development of synchronised swimming. In 1979 the International Swimming Hall of Fame inducted Curtis with similar accolades.


Esther Williams, a national AAU champion swimmer, popularized synchronised swimming during WWII and after, through (often elaborately staged) scenes in Hollywood films such as Bathing Beauty (1944), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952), and Jupiter's Darling (1955). In the 1970s and 1980s, Ft. Lauderdale swimming champion Charkie Phillips revived water ballet on television with The Krofftettes in The Brady Bunch Hour (1976–1977), NBC's The Big Show (1980), and then on screen with Miss Piggy in The Great Muppet Caper (1981).


In the late 19th century, synchronized swimming was a male-only event.However, in the 20th century it became a women's sport, with men banned from many competitions. In the US, men were allowed to participate with women until 1941, when synchronized swimming became part of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The AAU required men and women to compete separately, which resulted in a decline of male participants. In the 1940s and 1950s, Bert Hubbard and Donn Squire were among the top US male competitors. In 1978, the US changed their rules to allow men to once again compete with women. Rules in other countries varied; in the UK, men were prohibited from competing until 2014, while in France, Benoît Beaufils was allowed to competed at national events in the 1990s. American Bill May was a top competitor in the late-1990s and early-2000s. He medaling in several international events, including the 1998 Goodwill Games. However, Beaufils, May, and other male competitors were barred from top competitions including the World Aquatics Championships and the Olympics. In 2014, FINA announced that men would be allowed to compete at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in two mixed-pair events. Both May and Beaufils returned from decade-long retirements to represent their countries. Among their competitors were Russian Aleksandr Maltsev and Italian Giorgio Minisini, both over 15 years younger than May and Beaufils. Pairs from ten countries competed in the inaugural events. The 2016 European Aquatics Championships was the first time men were allowed to compete at the European Championships. While men are allowed in more events, they were still barred from competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Head coach of the National team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko has commented on win against Kosovo 3:0 in World Cup 2018 qualifying match on neutral soil – in Krakow.

In terms of the tournament standings, we have gained an important victory. If we don’t win this match, Ukraine could get far behind leaders. I want to leave a compliment for Kosovo: on their dedication and desire to play for their national team. They worked until the end of each episode. There was a time when they created few dangerous moments near our goal. The opponents had a chance to level the score.

Unfortunately, I could not make more than three substitutions. Teamwork of players is very important for us, so I didn’t want to experiment with a squad after a good match with Turkey. The key to a win was that the guys created and converted their chances into goals.

We felt that the team felt tired in the midfield. Therefore we let to play Rotan, he is an experienced footballer. He makes right movements on the pitch, he can bind both flanks and plays without losses in the central zone. He even scored twice, but one goal, unfortunately, was disallowed. There were also views regarding the appearance of Petriak. And, perhaps, we would accept such a decision, if it was a draw or loss during the match. But we know the playing characteristics of Karavaev, so I decided to use him in this game.

All good teams play efficiently. When you need to control the ball – they do, when it is about speed up of the game – they can do it as well. And Ukraine still have to learn how to play like this.

In 2016, Ganna Rizatdinova started her season with an all-around gold medal win at the 2016 L.A. Lights. In February, Rizatdinova followed it with another gold medal win in all-around at the 2016 Valentine Cup in Tartu, Estonia. In Feb 26-28, Rizatdinova competed at the 2016 Espoo World Cup taking bronze in the all-around; in apparatus finals, she won gold in ribbon, hoop, silver in clubs and bronze in ball. On March 17-20, Rizatdinova then competed at the 2016 Lisboa World Cup where she won the all-around silver with a total of 73.700 points. In apparatus finals, she won gold in clubs, ribbon, silver in hoop, 9th in ball due to the ball going outside the lines, picking up a new ball, and not completing a mastery. At the 30th Thiais Grand Prix event in Paris, Rizatdinova finished 4th in the all-around behind Melitina Staniouta, she qualified 3 apparatus finals taking silver in clubs, bronze in ribbon and placed 6th in ball.On April 1-3, Rizatdinova competed at the 2016 Pesaro World Cup where she won the all-around bronze with a total of 74.550 points. In event finals: she won gold in ball, ribbon, silver in hoop and 9th after a drop in her mastery and in her dance steps in clubs. In May 6-8, Rizatdinova won the all-around gold at the Corbeil-Essonnes International Tournament with a total of 74.165 points; she also won gold in all 4 apparatus finals. Rizatdinova then won silver in the all-around at the 2016 Sofia World Cup, and in the apparatus finals she won gold in hoop, silver in ball, clubs and 4th in ribbon. On June 3-5, Rizatdinova then won silver in the all-around at the 2016 Guadalajara World Cup with a new PB score of 75.150 points, she won silver in ball, bronze in hoop, clubs and placed 5th in ribbon. On June 17-19, Rizatdinova competed at the 2016 European Championships where she won the All-around bronze medal scoring a total of 75.299 points behind Margarita Mamun. On July 1-3, Rizatdinova competed at the 2016 Berlin World Cup where she finished 5th in the all-around after dropping her ball in a risk element; a roll out of carpet and mistakes in her clubs routine, she qualified to 3 apparatus taking gold in clubs, hoop(tied with Melitina Staniouta) and silver in ribbon. Rizatdinova competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, on August 20 at the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final, she won the bronze medal with a total of 73.583, edging out Korean Son Yeon-Jae. On September 9-11, Rizatdinova together with teammates Viktoria Mazur and junior Olena Diachenko represented team Deriugina school at the annual 2016 Aeon Cup in Tokyo, where they won the team bronze and with Rizatdinova finishing 2nd in the all-around.