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Synchronized Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Solo

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 26, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988

Gold: CAN Carolyn Waldo
Silver: USA Tracie Ruiz-Conforto
Bronze: JPN Mikako Kotani

Summary

After winning this event in 1984, Tracie Ruiz had retired from the sport, taken up bodybuilding, and married former Penn State football player Mike Conforto. She returned to synchronized swimming in 1986 and won the Pan-American Games in 1987, defending her 1983 gold medal. Ruiz-Conforto did not compete at the 1986 World Championships, won in her absence by Carolyn Waldo, who had won the 1984 Olympic silver behind Ruiz-Conforto, and in 1986 won the triple at the Worlds – winning solo, duet and group gold medals. Waldo had not competed against Ruiz-Conforto at the 1987 Pan-Ams. They met for the first time since the 1984 Olympics at a pre-Olympic meet in Seoul in June, and Ruiz-Conforto won. But in Seoul, Waldo built up an insurmountable lead in the preliminary round, which carried over to the final, and Ruiz-Conforto could not overcome this in the final, as Waldo won the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carolyn Waldo 23 Canada CAN Gold
2 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto 25 United States USA Silver
3 Mikako Kotani 22 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Muriel Hermine 25 France FRA
5 Karin Singer 22 Switzerland SUI
6 Nicola Shearn 21 Great Britain GBR
7 Khristina Thalassinidou 18 Soviet Union URS
8 Gerlind Scheller 20 West Germany FRG
9 Marie Jacobsson 23 Sweden SWE
10 Lourdes Candini 22 Mexico MEX
11 Zhang Ying 25 China CHN
12 Ha Su-Gyeong 19 South Korea KOR
13 María Elena Giusti 19 Venezuela VEN
14 Eva López 18 Spain ESP
15 Paula Carvalho 23 Brazil BRA
16 Lisa Lieschke 24 Australia AUS
17 Patricia Serneels 23 Belgium BEL
18 Roswitha Lopez 18 Aruba ARU
AC r1/3 Yvette Thuis 17 Aruba ARU DNQ
AC r1/3 Semon Rohloff 18 Australia AUS DNQ
AC r1/3 Érika MacDavid 17 Brazil BRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Eva Riera 18 Brazil BRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Michelle Cameron 25 Canada CAN DNQ
AC r1/3 Karin Larsen 24 Canada CAN DNQ
AC r1/3 Luo Xi 19 China CHN DNQ
AC r1/3 Tan Min 16 China CHN DNQ
AC r1/3 Marta Amorós 18 Spain ESP DNQ
AC r1/3 Nuria Ayala 18 Spain ESP DNQ
AC r1/3 Anne Capron 19 France FRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Karine Schuler 19 France FRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Doris Eisenhofer 20 West Germany FRG DNQ
AC r1/3 Heike Friedrich 22 West Germany FRG DNQ
AC r1/3 Lian Goodwin 20 Great Britain GBR DNQ
AC r1/3 Megumi Ito 22 Japan JPN DNQ
AC r1/3 Miyako Tanaka 21 Japan JPN DNQ
AC r1/3 Choi Jeong-Yun 16 South Korea KOR DNQ
AC r1/3 Kim Mi-Jin-Su 18 South Korea KOR DNQ
AC r1/3 Susana Candini 20 Mexico MEX DNQ
AC r1/3 Sonia Cárdeñas 18 Mexico MEX DNQ
AC r1/3 Edith Boss 22 Switzerland SUI DNQ
AC r1/3 Claudia Peczinka 20 Switzerland SUI DNQ
AC r1/3 Mariya Chernyayeva 22 Soviet Union URS DNQ
AC r1/3 Tatyana Titova 21 Soviet Union URS DNQ
AC r1/3 Karen Josephson 24 United States USA DNQ
AC r1/3 Sarah Josephson 24 United States USA DNQ
AC r1/3 Joanne Seeburg 19 Great Britain GBR DNF