Overview

Artistic swimming is a unique sport on the Olympic program that combines water acrobatics with music. During the Olympic Games, the sport consists of two events: a duet competition and an eight-person team competition. Each event is made up of multiple performances that include a free routine and technical routine. The team competition also includes an acrobatic routine. A panel of judges scores athletes based on their execution, synchronization, degree of difficulty, use of music and choreography. Athletes competing in artistic swimming must be flexible and maintain great attention to detail and coordination in order to execute routines successfully. 

Since artistic swimming first became an Olympic discipline at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, only women have been allowed to participate. However, in 2022, the sport's governing body amended its rules to allow up to two male athletes to participate per nation in the team discipline. Therefore, Paris 2024 is expected to feature the first male athletes to ever compete in artistic swimming at the Olympics.

North American countries, particularly the U.S. and Canada, enjoyed early success in artistic swimming on the Olympic stage. Since, Russia (including ROC) has emerged as the dominant nation, winning every gold medal in both disciplines since the 2000 Sydney Games.  However, due to an IOC decision relating to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the streak will break as Russia is not eligible to enter a team or duet in Paris. The U.S. came just short of qualifying for the team event in the 2020 Tokyo Games, but managed to qualify for the duet event. Team USA will look to qualify for both the team and duet events in Paris in 2024.

Artistic swimming will take place at the 2024 Paris Olympics on August 5 - 10. 

Events

There will be five events included in the artistic swimming competition at the 2024 Olympic Games.

  • Team technical routine
  • Team free routine
  • Team acrobatic routine
  • Duet technical routine
  • Duet free routine

Venues

The Olympics Aquatics Center will host artistic swimming at the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

This venue, along with Le Bourget Climbing Wall, are the only permanent sports facilities set to be built for the Paris Games. The Olympics Aquatic Center is poised to host artistic swimming, water polo and diving in 2024. The Center was designed using bio-sourced materials only, making it a low-carbon facility that is committed to its energy and environmental performance.

After the Games, the venue will address the needs of Seine-Saint-Denis, its host region, and the French community as it continues to host major national and international competitions, such as the European Aquatics Championships and the World Aquatics Championships. The Aquatics Center will house a range of sports facilities after the Games, including a fitness area, climbing wall, paddle tennis courts and pitches for team sports.

Artistic swimming venue rendering at the Olympics Aquatics Center for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Artistic swimming venue rendering at the Olympics Aquatics Center for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Paris 2024

Competition Schedule

Artistic Swimming at the 2024 Paris Olympics
Date Event Time (ET)
August 5 Team technical routine 1:30p-3:00p
August 6 Team free routine 1:30p-3:00p
August 7 Team acrobatic routine 1:30p-3:15p
August 9 Duet technical routine 1:30p-3:30p
August 10 Duet free routine 1:30p-4:00p