Team USAs Killman Koroleva to compete first Sunday
LONDON – Team USA’s Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Mariya Koroleva
(Concord, Calif.) will start off the Olympic Games synchronized swimming duet
competition Sunday at the London Aquatics Centre.
The U.S. duo will make their Olympics debut as the first duet to compete in the
qualification technical routine Sunday. They drew the 22nd spot for the free routine on Monday.
There will be 24 duets competing Sunday through Tuesday. The top-12 duets will advance to the free final on Tuesday. Competition begins at 3 p.m. local time each day (10 a.m. Eastern).
“It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been a great experience so far, and I think we’re both really excited to get out there and compete and just get the ball rolling,” Koroleva said.
On Friday, Koroleva, 22, and Killman, 21, addressed the media, answering questions
about the Olympic Village, their Olympic experience so far and their relatively new
On the Olympic Village
Mary Killman: “The energy of the entire place is amazing. Everyone’s so supportive,
from all these different countries, and it’s like a gigantic family. I think it’s absolutely
Team USA’s Mariya Koroleva, left, and Mary Killman on their first Games
Killman: “After we compete we’re going to be here for a few days, and that’s when we’re
really going to experience everything. Right now, we’re here for a competition and we’re
here to train and perform the best we possibly can at the Olympic Games.”
On being a duet for less than a year
Mariya Koroleva: “For a synchronized swimming duet, being together for a year is a
very, very short amount of time. I think we’re definitely accomplished a lot in that year.
We’ve written two new programs, and we’ve competed at many international
competitions. Even though we’re a new duet, we’re at that level where we can be
competitive with other duets who have been together for years. I think it shows that we
have a lot of potential for the future as well.”
2012 Olympic Games Synchronized Swimming Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sunday, Aug. 5: Duet tech, 10 a.m. TV: NBC Sports Network (live at 10 a.m.)
Monday, Aug. 6: Duet free, 10 a.m. TV: NBC (delayed at 12:45 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug. 7: Duet final, 10 a.m. TV: MSNBC (delayed at 4 p.m.)
Every day of competition will also be shown live on NBCOlympics.com.