Water Skiing, the NASCAR of synchronized swimming
Synchronized swimming has long been a part of the summer Olympics. The aquatic counterpart to the floor gymnastics show, it allows athletes to showcase their harmonious movement and team focus. Water skiing offers the same opportunity, but with the added badassery of high-speed marine engines.
The speed required to maintain buoyancy on water skis ensures that these displays of athleticism are always exciting. For this reason, Germany included water skiing as a demonstration sport in the 1972 games in Munich.
Water skiing tournaments are usually divided into three separate events; a slalom, a jumping section, and a trick riding section. Other disciplines exist as well, including barefoot water skiing and even marathon events.