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The 12 Craziest Synchronized Swimming Suits

How else would a bedazzled picture of Michael Jackson, a ghoulish Russian doll and bank robber find their way into the Olympic Games if not on the back of synchronized swimmers?

Synchronized swimming is all about completing basic movements like clockwork in a 3-meter deep pool: pointed toes, dramatic faces, and always, always jazz hands. And of the nations that competed on Sunday and Monday, many dances were themed: from France’s “Swan Lake”performance to a Mexican wolf-inspired dance that included spitting water.

But if the competition was based on bathing suits alone, the Russians would take it. Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina debuted a synchronized swimming duet so strong they advanced in the lead to Tuesday’s final. Their technical routine during preliminaries on Sunday was a tribute to Michael Jackson, set to a mash up of his songs and featured bedazzaled bathing suits with his profile on it. Their second dance was set to the tune of Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” and they wore swimsuits adorned with creepy dolls. From Switzerland’s bank-robbers to Khazakstan’s tuxedo-inspired numbers, see our ranking of snychro’s finest fashions.

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Most Random: Mexico

Nuria Diosdado Garcia and Isabel Delgado Pancarte wore neon tiger heads.

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Most Revealing: Great Britain

Thank god for skin-colored mesh.

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Probably the Smartest: Brazilian Braniacs

We give high marks to Brazil’s Nayara Figueira and Lara Teixeira for their human brain swim caps, and bonus points for the neon skeleton suits.

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Most Predictable: China

Dragons galore: just don’t tell Daenerys.

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Most On The Money: Switzerland

Nevermind the brouhaha over Swiss bank accounts. Switzerland’s Anja Nyffeler and Pamela Fischer are Gangsters, capital G.

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Most Sensible: Spain

This vaguely retro, polka-dotted number would be right at home in Debbie Phelps' collection for Chico’s.

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Hands-Down Creepiest: Russia

Russia’s Svetlana Romashina and Natalia Ishchenko channeled Russian dolls in suits with a scared-looking girl on them. Their makeup was the same level of scary.

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Not Enough Neon: USA

We can’t tell if American swimmers Mary Killmans and Mariya Koroleva were inspired by Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – but relative to their competitors, it was a serious mistake to skimp on the neon.

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Most Dapper: Kazakhstan

Extra points for the bedazzled spectacles.

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Most 'Black Swan': France

Unfortunately not quite as good as Rodarte.

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Most Foolish: Canada

The joke, hopefully, is on us: Canada’s Elise Marcotte and Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon opted to theme their swim around an abstract court jester.

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All-Around Best, Absolutely Most Genius: Russia

Bedazzled Michael Jackson suits at the Olympics!