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Bill
May
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
17 January 1979
Height
175 cm
Residence
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 10 in Schiller Park, NY, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"When I was 12, all my gymnastic buddies thought I was weird for doing synchronised swimming. I'd push back just as hard as they'd poke, though. Besides, I was still playing basketball and football, this was just another way to have fun in the pool. My sister had synchronised swimming after my swim practice, so it was either sit and watch or join in. I figured I'd just do it for the summer, but then the coach asked if I wanted to try out for her team, the Syracuse Synchro Cats."
Club / Team
Santa Clara Aquamaids: United States

International Debut

Year
1998
Competing for
United States
Tournament
International Tournament

General Interest

Awards and honours
He was named Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999 by USA Synchronized Swimming. (swimswam.com, 05 Feb 2015)
Milestones
He became the first male artistic swimmer to win a gold medal at the world championships when he accomplished this feat at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (melmagazine.com, 03 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 30 May 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired from competitive sport in 2004, after men were not included in the artistic swimming programme at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In November 2014 he received an email from Judy McGowan, the president of USA Synchronized Swimming, saying that the International Swimming Federation [FINA] had decided to add two mixed events to the world championships in 2015. He returned to the sport that same month, rejoining with his former coach Chris Carver. He brought US Olympians Christina Jones and Kristina Lum Underwood out of retirement to compete with him at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. "It's unreal, a dream come true! Being able to do this has been a long time in the making. The sport is finally recognising men, and it feels great. I have been stubborn and it has paid off." (syracuse.com, 19 Jul 2015; america.aljazeera.com, 23 Jul 2015; nbcsports.com, 27 Jul 2015)

OTHER ACITVITES
He has performed in the Cirque du Soleil's O show, a water themed stage production that takes place in the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, NV, United States of America. (america.aljazeera.com, 23 Jul 2015)

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