SANTA MARTA, Colombia – A pair of 16-year-old twins from Guatemala have made a big splash in the synchronized swimming competition at the 18th Bolivarian Games.
With identical smiles and voices, Adaya and Ninoshka Gamez have a habit of responding to questions in unison that never fails to amuse their teammates, who, like the audience at Santa Marta Aquatic Park, are likewise amazed by the extraordinary level of coordination achieved by the sisters.
“We have a strong connection, and that helps us a lot,” Adaya told EFE. “We organize ourselves without arguing, a look is enough.”
“Our teammates don’t have that connection,” Ninoshka added.
The girls, who tend to refer to themselves as “we” even when speaking individually, decided when they turned 15 to put aside dressing alike to avoid confusion.
They started out as gymnasts, but abandoned gymnastics at the age of 6 to find a sport where they could get the fullest advantage from their “gift.”
“We are the rookies of synchronized swimming in Guatemala,” Ninoshka said. “It’s our passion. We are striving to improve our level.”
Here at the Bolivarian Games, with athletes from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, the Gamez sisters met fierce competitors who pushed them down into last place, but they say they feel like winners because they got the chance to perform together.
“We leave this country very excited and determined to improve our scores,” Adaya said, while Ninoshka vowed they would work hard “to fulfill our dream of being together at the Olympic Games and a world championship.”