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A day at the pool with Canada's women's synchro swim team

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Canada’s Olympic synchronized swimmers gear up for practice at the Olympic Pool in Montreal. The training day typically starts early at 6:00 a.m., and they train until late afternoon six days a week.

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Members of the women's synch swim laugh together during practice in Montreal. They are keeping their Olympic routines under wraps until shortly before the Games. They have only recently released some details about music and themes.

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The swimmers huddle in front of a television screen several times of day to view video of their performance, as head coach Julie Sauvé instructs them on corrections.

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The team members dive into the pool hand-in-hand.

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The swimmers work on their artistry and timing.

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The swimmers review video from acrobatics coach Luc Belhumeur as he teaches them how to put more wow into their aerial highlights. They will perform a circus-themed team free routine to music from Cirque du Soleil but have not yet let cameras capture the real movements from their routine.

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Above the surface, we see smiles and grace. Below the surface, the women perform the egg-beater motion, legs circulating furiously to keep the head and torso high above the water.

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The women skull their arms rapidly while holding a stance upside down as their legs kick above the surface in perfect unison.

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Acrobatics coach Luc Belhumeur videotapes as the women toss flier Stefanie Durocher into the air. Belhumeur comes from the world of freestyle skiing, having coached aerialist Alexandre Bilodeau to Olympic gold.

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The 12 women training for Canada’s Olympic synchro team huddle together. Only eight will actually perform in the team competition in London.

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