Something Different

Even by the rather loose standards of synchronized swimming, the horror-movie music and swimsuits chosen by the Russian team of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina—who just won gold at the Olympics—were inspired. Not just any horror movie, but Dario Argento’s 1977 slasher flick Suspiria, about a ballet school run by a coven of witches. The film’s creepy score filled the arena, while the duo donned swimsuits bedazzled with a fright-white face and outstretched hand, like a possessed ballerina.

The aforementioned loose standards also included the British team, who said they wanted to look like “the ravens in the Tower of London” with their costumes, and the Italians, who took their demented inspiration from Frida Kahlo and her descent into insanity.

You can’t make this stuff up. It’s Johnny Weir taken to the next level.

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