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Sync or Swim


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  • Actors: Anna Kozlova, Becky Jasontek, Tammy Crow, Andrea Nott, Esther Williams
  • Directors: Cheryl Furjanic
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Garden Thieves Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KLVWN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Committed young ladies aggressively train to make a spot on the U.S. Olympics Synchronized Swimming Team. Cheryl Furjanic's film provides a firsthand depiction of 9 of these women as they undergo day-by-day training, attempting to perfect an excruciatingly difficult routine. The women must also band together to support a team member who is rebounding from a sudden devastating personal crisis.

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Synchronized swimming is often dismissed as a lightweight sport, if a sport at all. SYNC OR SWIM should dispel any such myths, showing the blood, sweat and tears it takes to be a serious competitor in synchronized swimming. Cheryl Furjanic takes us inside the selection and training of the 2004 US team to meet the athletes behind the performers. As with Olympic aspirants the world over, these women are fiercely dedicated in their quest to achieve Olympic gold. While their peers enjoy their high school years at the movies and the mall, these young women get up at the crack of dawn and spend most of their waking hours in the pool, competing for only nine spots on the team. For those who make it, the stakes only get higher, the practice hours longer, and their bodies more weary. With virtually no room for errors, they must also battle injuries and personal tragedies, trying to stay focused and keep their eyes on the prize. With a keen eye for the human side of the young Olympians, Cheryl Furjanic demonstrates there is much more to synchronized swimmers than pinched noses and sequined swimsuits. Interwoven with candid interviews and impressive underwater footage, SYNC OR SWIM will make you want to head poolside and cheer them all the way to the podium. Minjae Ormes --AFI Silver Docs - Minjae Ormes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor on May 24, 2011
Format: DVD
An excellent piece of work. It truly demonstrates the power, grace, finesse, grit and determination that goes into the sport including the highs and lows and the selection process. Not only that, it follows the life of the girls up to the event, including the story of one girl who took a serious injury and personal tragedy and recovered.

Loved the bit when they entered the Olympic Stadium, that was taken on a home video, and really captures the excitement of the opening ceremony from the athletes perspective.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ddefrance on May 22, 2011
Format: DVD
I'm the father of an 8 year old synchronized swimmer and our whole family loves Sync or Swim! It is a movie filled with wonderful role models for girls, but also stories for adults. The women in the documentary are real people as well as Olympian athletes, and to see their champion attitudes and perseverance through life's obstacles -- from the hard work of constant practice, to dealing with asthma in a sport where breathing is critical, to working through major life tragedies -- makes them role models for the rest of us as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By beccaella on May 19, 2011
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful documentary that I watched like it was a feature film. The film does a phenomenal job showing both the artistry and athleticism of synchronize swimming as an Olympic sport. Following the run up to the Greece Olympics, it does a great job showing what it takes to be an Olympic athlete in a lower profile sport-- all of the trial competitions, the hours and hours in the pool, and the mundane ways the swimmers support themselves and their team out of the pool.

As a former competitive swimmer who was in the stands for synchro's inaugural Olympics and who competed in synchro for several summers, I thought I knew a lot about this sport. At the end of the hour and a half I spent with Sync or Swim, I had a new appreciation!! And, aside from the film, the DVD extras are great!

This is a great film to show for an academic class, to watch to learn more about synchro beyond Esther Williams, or to just have an entertaining evening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monica on May 16, 2011
Format: DVD
Wow, what an amazing documentary. Sync or Swim tells the story to a group of ladies trying to qualify to go to the Olympics in Greece. You see the incredibly hard work that goes into their training, how they earn a living, and how they deal with everything life throws their way during the year of training.

If you are still thinking of Esther Williams style synchronized swimming then you really have to watch this. These ladies are amazing athletes and the grace they show under pressure is awe inspiring. I think that most people don't realize what synchro is about and this documentary will make you want to go find a pool and do a ballet leg!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lydia Harris on May 11, 2011
Format: DVD
I purchased this DVD to help teach my high school physical education class synchronized swimming. I wanted the DVD to help give my class the best start to understanding the sport and a small history of the sports beginning. The documentary focused on synchronized swimming as an Olympic sport and the dedication that it takes to be on the team as well as their journey through the Olympic experience. My class loved the DVD and the educational information it provided for my class was extremely helpful. This was a fantastic video, not only for teaching purposes, but also for personal enjoyment. I will use this DVD over and over again to help in all my classes and for my own personal entertainment.
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