Synchronised swimming is one of the most challenging Olympic sports, and it is claimed that it takes more hours of training to reach competition standard than any other sport at the games. Mike Bushell dipped his toes in the water to find out more. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37068904

Synchronised swimming is one of the most challenging Olympic sports, and it is claimed that it takes more hours of training to reach competition standard than any other sport at the games. Mike Bushell dipped his toes in the water to find out more. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37068904

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Peter Bradshaw watches GB’s synchronised swimming team from the high diving board. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

Peter Bradshaw watches GB’s synchronised swimming team from the high diving board. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

The Duchess of Cambridge and team GB ambassador Robin Cousins watch the Women's Teams Synchronised Swimming Technical Routine on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games © Adam Pretty/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge and team GB ambassador Robin Cousins watch the Women's Teams Synchronised Swimming Technical Routine on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games © Adam Pretty/Getty Images

The nine women who will make up the Team GB synchronised swimming squad and   compete at the London Olympics were named in Aldershot by the British   Olympic Association on Tuesday.

The nine women who will make up the Team GB synchronised swimming squad and compete at the London Olympics were named in Aldershot by the British Olympic Association on Tuesday.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and official team GB ambassador Robin Cousins watch Synchronised Swimming on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 9, 2012 in London, England.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and official team GB ambassador Robin Cousins watch Synchronised Swimming on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 9, 2012 in London, England.

... but soon Kate is joined by more royalty as the Prince Albert II of Monaco takes a seat behind her and greets her with a kiss on each cheek

... but soon Kate is joined by more royalty as the Prince Albert II of Monaco takes a seat behind her and greets her with a kiss on each cheek

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