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Spain goes all out for bronze medal look in synchronized team event

The Spanish synchronized swimming team that edged out Canada on Friday for the Olympic podium went to some serious lengths to create their special look for the competition day.

Spain's free routine on Friday had an under-water theme, and its swimmers emerged in silver mirrored suits and swim caps that looked like fish scales and glittered in the brightness of the Olympic Aquatic Center.

Spanish coach Elisabet Fernandez Marti said it took an hour for the nine swimmers to put on their costumes.

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"We used a special superglue to stick them (the costumes and caps) to the skin," said the coach.

The Spanish women all cut their hair short so they could tuck it easily inside the fish-scale costumes and glue the caps tightly to their heads.

Asked whether the women minded clipping their locks for the Olympics, Thais Henriquez Torres responded "No, it was all in aid of the cause."

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