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Synchronized Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Duet

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992

Gold: USA United States
Silver: CAN Canada
Bronze: JPN Japan

Summary

The favorites were the American twin sisters, Karen and Sarah Josephson, who had won the silver medal in 1988, were the 1991 World Champions, and had not lost a duet competition since the 1988 Olympics. As the United States and Canada dominated synchronized swimming in this era, the Canadian duo of Penny and Vicky Vilagos were expected to provide their competition. Also twin sisters, the Vilagos’s had won a silver medal at the 1983 Pan-American Games but had been out of competition since 1987. In the end, it was not close, as the Josephsons led in both stages of the competition. For the third straight Olympics, the podium consisted of an American, Canadian, and Japanese duo. The gold/silver medals by twins was only the second time this had occurred at the Olympics, the other time occurring in 1980 coxless pairs rowing, won by the Landvoigt twins (GDR), with the Pimenov twins (URS) taking silver.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Canada CAN Silver
3 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Unified Team EUN
5 France FRA
6 Great Britain GBR
7 Netherlands NED
8 China CHN
9 Mexico MEX
10 Italy ITA
11 Spain ESP
12 Switzerland SUI
13 Austria AUT
14 Germany GER
15 Brazil BRA
16 Australia AUS
17 South Africa RSA
18 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA