This week in London, Russia won the gold medal in synchronized swimming over Spain.
Russian synchronized swimmers, Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina, impressed the judges with a routine that helped the duo walk away happily with Olympic gold this week. The routine was a sort of tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Ischenko and Romashina walked out to the pool wearing bathing suits adorned with Michael Jacksons image on the front. They then proceeded to perform their routine to his song “They Don’t Care About Us.” The routine got a score of 48.500 for execution and a 49.000 for overall impression. This gave the Russian duo an overall result of 97.500 for this technical routine.
According to TMZ, the judges were not the only ones impressed with the Russian swimmers’ performance. The routine also caught the attention of one of Michael Jackson’s family members. Michael’s sister, La Toya Jackson, was equally impressed with the performance, if not more.
“I’m thankful for the honor that the Olympian swimmers paid to my brother Michael’s memory.” La Toya told TMZ. “It is so wonderful to see how many global fans he has!” she adds.
La Toya recently landed her own reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) called Life With La Toya, reports EW.com.
For those of you who missed this performance, here is the full routine by Russian gold-medal synchronized swimmers, Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina.
It truly is an amazing thing, just to see how much Michael Jackson was loved by those all over the world. He was an inspiration to many around the world and this tribute just reinforces that fact.