While we await the sequin overload of the team synchronized swimming competition on Thursday and Friday, we’ve got the duet medals to look forward to on Tuesday (watch at 4 p.m. ET on MSNBC). Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina have led since they sported suits with Michael Jackson on them for their technical routine on Sunday. You have to watch their MJ-inspired deck dance below from a competition earlier this year. Amazing. I, however, am rooting for Spain’s Ona Carbonell Ballestero and Andrea Fuentes Fache (pictured above). They sit in third after today’s free routine but are undeniably first in fashion in my eyes.
Ona studies fashion design in Barcelona, so I’ll give her credit for at least sanctioning their costumes, which are elegant in a sport that will never embrace the theory that less is more. Today’s free routine ensemble, pictured above, was perfection.
Watch the Russians below:
I suppose you could argue that the ensemble worn by Brazil’s Lara Teixeira and Nayara Figueira today was subtle because the suit, which resembled the human body, didn’t feature ovaries — just veins and a heart. And the caps are brains!
But at least their misguided suits were creative, unlike the costumes worn by the U.S.’s Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva. Their free routine was set to the Olympic theme song (familiar to NBC viewers), so they each rocked a torch on their torso. Can’t we get Vera Wang to design for synchronized swimming like she does for figure skating?