This photograph of former and current U.S. national team members Christina Jones, Kristina Lum-Underwood and Bill May, as if frozen in time and space, eerily floating in the dark, eyes closed, is one of Liz Corman’s most famous shots and part of a series that really marked her breakthrough on the artistic swimming photography scene.
Kristina Lum-Underwood was one of the duet partners of Bill May during the inaugural mixed duet event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Lum-Underwood and May earned a silver medal in the free duet category. Two years later, we caught up with Lum-Underwood to talk about her experience in Kazan, what she’s been up to since, and her thoughts on the evolution of the mixed duet event.
Christina Jones was one of the duet partners of Bill May during the inaugural mixed duet event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Jones and May earned a gold medal in the technical duet category and the first ever world title in the mixed duet. Two years later, we caught up with Jones to talk about her experience in Kazan, what she’s been up to since, and her thoughts on the evolution of the mixed duet event.
Eve Planeix vient de terminer sa première saison à l’INSEP avec l’équipe de France senior de natation synchronisée. L’année 2017 a été chargée pour la jeune nageuse qui aura 17 ans en décembre et évoluant encore également dans la catégorie junior, avec un calendrier rempli de compétitions nationales mais également internationales en France, au Japon, en Serbie, en Italie et en Hongrie.
Eve Planeix just wrapped up her first season at the National Institute of Sport and Physical Education, or INSEP (editor’s note: the INSEP is a centralized training institute that hosts and trains elite athletes in over 25 sports) near Paris with the French senior national team. 2017 was a busy year for the 16-year-old who competed in both the junior and senior categories. Her schedule was filled with national and international competitions in France, Japan, Serbia, Italy and Hungary.
Every day before practice at the Chinese Olympic Training Center in Beijing, Mayuko Fujiki finds a neatly stacked pile of notebooks waiting for her. As her swimmers warm up for the long practice ahead, she takes time to read through each of them and to make notes of any of her athletes’ questions, comments, or anything else they wrote down for her that day.
At the age of 16, Lara Mechnig has already left her mark in the synchronized swimming world. While swimming for her club team in Switzerland during the regular season, Mechnig is also one of the first swimmers to represent the small nation of Liechtenstein at major international competitions like the European or World Championships. As she keeps improving and participating in both junior and senior competitions, the young star hopes to inspire a generation and for synchro to grow in her country.
Inside Synchro sat down with her during this off-season and discussed what her daily life is like, how making history for Liechtenstein feels like, and what her goals for the next few years are.