Saw the water dancing today.
But seriously. Synchronised swimming is genuinely fucking impressive. And a good vibe. First pair we saw had The Prodigy as their music, had some James Brown and other bangers later on. Saw the first medals of the games being handed out, too.
Also, the balance of artistry and athleticism is very satisfying, rather than or being solely about being faster, stronger, etc, Difficult to get performance enhancing drugs for better artistry, co-ordination and teamwork.
Also also, what I like about ‘minor sports’ is how there’s obviously intense efforts and competitiveness, but there’s a genuine human aspect - an intermingling of competitors, support teams, spectators, etc that you tend not to get with the usual headline-grabbing sports. Easier to enjoy it for the spectacle that it is rather than get all tribal about it. Indie sports, yo!