Spanish Team’s Unique Entry to Synchronized Swimming Wins Them the Gold

Synchronized swimming is a fun and exciting sport involving a team of swimmers who use creative movements that mimic dancing though they are doing it in the swimming pool, not on land. During the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, ten synchronized swimmers from Spain presented a unique interpretation of the hit song, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.

Though the song choice might not be something you might expect to be in a synchronized swimming competition, watching the video will give you a fair idea why these ladies chose this particular song.

Their interpretation is refreshing to watch – and it is cool that they were able to execute perfect movements in time for the music. The unusual routine captured the audience’s attention but more importantly, the judges’ attention!

I could only imagine the crowd’s reaction as the scores were displayed. This team is truly amazing! Check out their cool dance moves in this video (I didn’t know you can dance that gracefully in water!):

“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

Considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time, “Stairway to Heaven” is undeniably Led Zeppelin’s best hit song. Although it is officially 8 minutes and 2 seconds in length, the band would often extend it over 10 minutes using guitar solos. The longest version of the song was played by the band in Berlin last July 7, 1980, during their last concert of the era (they began performing in concerts again beginning with their first performance on Dec 10, 2007 at London’s O2 Arena).

A lot of people can relate with the song and find it rather touching but band member Robert Plant soon developed a sort of dislike to the song, expressing boredom that it is being sung over and over again. He would later change his mind and appear to be resigned to the fact that millions of Led Zeppelin fans adore this particular song.

Despite being such a popular hit, however, did you know that Stairway to Heaven debuted with a bored audience? “They were all bored to tears waiting to hear something they knew,” recalls bassist John Paul Jones. It was a good thing the band did not give up but continued playing the song in subsequent concerts.