The Summer Olympics pit some of the best athletes from around the world. A blending of different cultures, traditions, and values, these athletes are the best in their countries. They raised the bar for all future Olympic Games by shattering world records and inspiring all of us. Here are some of the perfectly timed moments to help get you pumped up for the upcoming Olympics.
Synchronized swimming is more demanding than you’d think.
It requires a real capacity of location in three dimensions in the water while the athletes are performing.
Not always comfortable.
Russia’s Evgeniya Kanaeva is performing during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Now poles now come in all shapes and sizes made from fiberglass or carbon fiber.
Originally invented as a practical means of clearing objects, pole-vaulting for height became a competitive sport in the mid-19th century.
Alicia Sacramone has won twelve medals, four gold medals on the fault and two gold medals on floor exercise. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she won a team silver medal.
Gymnastics as a sport has been around for over 2,000 years.
Larisa Iordache has won Romania a bronze medal for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Tennis is without a doubt one of the most intense sports out there. Just look at that determination!
The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan.
The first World Championships for volleyball were held back in 1949 for men and 1952 for women.
The running long jump was an event in the original Olympic Games back in 708 BC and was added in the modern Games from 1896.
Paraskevi “Voula” Papachristou was removed from the Greek team for the 2012 London Olympics because of a tweet she made on her Twitter account.
Volleyball combines characteristics from handball, badminton, and tennis together.
Volleyball was called “mintonette” when people first started playing it because it shared many of the same ideas as badminton.
There are five components of the long jump: the approach run, last two strides, takeoff, action in the air, and landing.
The long jump requires speed work, jumping, weight training, and plyometric training.
Swimmers wear the nose plugs to prevent water from getting into their nose while upside down underwater.
Synchronized swimmers never touch the bottom of the pool during a performance. Synchro swimmers practice and compete in pools as deep as 9 feet of water.