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Daily Video: Under the water with U.S. Synchro

Above the water, their routine is simple. Under the water, Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva would say differently. BSU at the Games takes you “behind the scenes” with Team USA’s only two synchro athletes at the Olympic Games.

Under the water with U.S. Synchro

Daily Video: Mary Killman & Mariya Koroleva Promo

Here’s a preview of our BSU at the Games exclusive feature with USA Synchro’s Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva.

The synchro duo will represent the United States at the Olympic Games in London. Our complete story is coming soon!

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Photo of the week: Practicing with Team USA synchronized swimmers

Team USA synchronized swimming duo Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva spend hours treading water as part of their intense training for the Olympic Games.

After failing to medal in Beijing, the United States’ synchronized swimming team seeks redemption at the 2012 London Olympics. Killman and Koroleva are the sole American entrants in the duet competition.

Photo by BSU at the Games

Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva

Olympians prove friendly and accessible

Meeting Olympians can be an intimidating thought. To even be given the opportunity to meet them is enough of a challenge. Ironically, Olympians Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva are just like us. They like to have fun, make jokes and even interact with others. To have two Olympians be as friendly as they were with me only a few months before the biggest event of their lives was incredible.

We started the day at the Natatorium in Indianapolis. With a few others from the BSU at the Games crew, we shot video and conducted interviews. We got there around 9 a.m., and Killman and Koroleva were already in the pool practicing. It wasn’t until 12:30 p.m. that we saw them get out of the pool after some rigorous training.

We interviewed Koroleva shortly after the practice, which consisted of her talking about her Russian background, injury, life at Stanford and love for swimming. The best part of the interview was hearing her speak Russian. She even endorsed our site by encouraging potential viewers to check it out.

From there, we traveled to the St. Vincent Sports Performance facility. It was here that Killman and Koroleva had a spinning (cycling) workout. As we shot more video, the two athletes really started to loosen up—laughing while we recorded them and even making faces at the camera. Eventually, they finished their workout and began stretching.

The Olympians, along with their trainer, were using foam cylinders to stretch, and I became curious as to what it felt like. The trainer told me to grab one of the cylinders and then helped me with the stretching technique. It was a fun experience interacting with Killman, Koroleva and their trainer.

After all of the fun, we headed back to the pool to interview Killman. The interview was very similar to Koroleva’s. We were able to get a lot of good information about her and her history with the sport of synchronized swimming.

Finally, the crew packed up and headed home. After all was said and done, I think it’s safe to say we built lasting relationships with these two athletes.

Slowly, but surely, everything is falling into place for London.

Michael Nauman | Sports Reporter
@itsmichaelbrah

 

2012 Team USA Media Summit


Seven members of the BSU at the Games team interviewed athletes and viewed sports demonstrations at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit in Dallas in May. Read more about it here.

Photos by Ryan Sparrow and Chris Taylor.

 

Athletes in order of appearance:

1. Kayla Harrison (Judo) 2. Mary Killman and Maria Koroleva (Synchronized Swimming) 3. Brady Ellison (Archery) 4. Brady Ellison 5. Errol Spence, Jr. (Boxing) 6. Michael Phelps (Swimming) 7. First Lady Michelle Obama 8. Rau’Shee Warren (Boxing) 9. Mary Killman (Synchronized Swimming) 10. Alex Meyer (Swimming) 11. Alexander Massiaslas (Fencing) 12. Hunter Kemper (Triathlon) 13. Jessica Long (Paralympic Swimming) 14. Thomas Finchum (Diving) 15. Joseph Diaz, Jr. (Boxing) 16. Wallace Spearmon (Track & Field) 17. Trey Hardee (Track & Field) 18. Nastia Liukin (Gymnastics) 19. Joshua Richmond (Shooting)