Rio Olympics 2016: Post writer takes on Olympic sport of synchronized swimming!

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Palm Beach Post reporter Carlos Frias practices synchronized swimming skills with the Palm Beach Coralytes at Aqua Crest Pool. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

To pay honor to the Rio Olympics 2016, we bring back several stories where our Post writer tried out some of the less heard of sports.

In 2012, Post staff writer Carlos Frías set out on his personal pentathlon to discover some of the 2012 Summer Games’ more obscure sports. The Olympic sport feature here: synchronized swimming.

An excerpt from the 2012 original story:

Synchronized swimming is the hardest sport in the world.

I promised Jacki Barrett, head coach of the Palm Beach Coralytes swim team, that sentence would make the story after I yelled the very phrase toward God in heaven, while trying to tread water for more than 10 minutes in an egg-beater pattern. After an hour desperately trying not to drown doing the most basic moves that the cute, patient, athletic, funny 12-to-14-year-old girls around me did with such precision and ease, I thought I owed them enough to make it the very first sentence.

Read the rest of his story and find out more about Carlos’ swimming skills, read: “Carlos: More sink than synch”

Here are his previous stories on archery and table tennis and javelin throwing.

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