INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. synchronized swimming duet of Mary Killman
(McKinney, Texas) and Mariya Koroleva (Concord, Calif.) arrived in London on
Wednesday, ready to make their Olympic Games debut.
“This is the culmination of 13 years of swimming, competing, practicing and giving it my
entire life. It’s pretty crazy to think about it,” Koroleva said. “The last few weeks have
been really physically hard, but within the last few days the excitement has been building.
I keep seeing people posting pictures about the Olympic Village, and I’m just getting the
butterflies in my stomach. I’m so excited and I think it’s going to be everything I’ve ever
expected it to be and more.”
Said Killman: “I’m starting to get the butterflies and am really excited for everything.
This is what I’ve been working for, for so long. I’m getting so much support, it’s
amazing. I’m ready to start this.”
There will be 24 duets competing Aug. 5-7 at the 17,500-seat London Aquatics Centre.
The qualification technical routine is Sunday, Aug. 5, and the qualification free routine is
Monday, Aug. 6. The top 12 duets will advance to the free final on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Competition begins at 3 p.m. local time each day.
Koroleva, 22, and Killman, 21, will train in London from July 25-27 before attending the
Opening Ceremony on July 27. They will then travel to Dublin, Ireland, to train at the
National Aquatic Centre there from July 28-31, with a special exhibition set for July 31 at
3 p.m. local time. The duet will travel back to London for more training Aug. 2-4.