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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
Family
Wife Ryanne
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."

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)
Other sports
He has competed at national level in open water swimming events in the United States of America. (openwaterswimming.com, 31 Mar 2013)
Milestones
He became the first male artistic swimmer to win a gold medal at a world championships when he and Christina Jones won the Duet Mixed Technical Routine at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (melmagazine.com, 03 Apr 2018)
Other information
MALE PARTICIPATION
He has worked in artistic swimming camps in the United States of America to promote male participation in the sport. "The inclusion of men in the sport is truly a platform for growth in artistic swimming and it was an honour to work with the up and coming athletes and future stars of artistic swimming. I look forward to many more camps and further development of men in the sport.” (teamusa.org, 22 Jan 2020)

RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
He retired from competitive sport in 2004, but in 2015 after the International Swimming Federation [FINA] decided to add two mixed events to the world championships in 2015, he returned to the sport, rejoining with his 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 ACTIVITIES
He has performed in the Cirque du Soleil's O show, a water-themed stage production in the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, NV, United States of America. (america.aljazeera.com, 23 Jul 2015)

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