No pressure here! Britain's synchronised swimmers relax in bikinis by the side of a pool as they prepare for the Olympics
07:02 GMT, 19 July 2012
If Britain’s synchronised swimmers are feeling the pressure ahead of the Olympics, they are hiding it well.
On a break in Malta this week, the team appeared relaxed as they took a break from their intense training.
Jenna Randall, 22, tweeted a photo of herself sitting by the pool, with her legs wrapped around teammate Katie Skelton.
Chilling: Britain's synchronised swimmers tweeted pictured of themselves on a break in Malta this week. Anya Tarasiuk, left, and Olivia Federici, right, looked happy and relaxed
Hot: The pair basked in the 32C (90F) heat as they prepared for the Games
She wrote: ‘Besties [best friends] on our pre-Olympic training camp!!!’
Her duet partner Olivia Federici, 22, and reserve swimmer Anya Tarasiuk, 19, also posted photos of themselves in bikinis, basking in the 32C (90F) heat.
Miss Tarasiuk tweeted: ‘Chilling by the sea today on our day off’, later adding: ‘Caught the sun a bit more than I would have liked today. Lobster alert.’
With eight days to go before the Games begin, several teams have escaped the poor weather in the UK for sunnier Mediterranean climes.
Friends: Jenna Randall, 22, right, tweeted a photo of herself sitting by the pool, with her legs wrapped around teammate Katie Skelton, left
Britain’s rowers are in Italy, the beach volleyball team fly to Tenerife today, and the track and field team are in the Algarve, where the temperatures were a sweltering 39C (102F) yesterday.
This compares with 19C (66F) in London.
Gold medallist Greg Searle tweeted: ‘Enjoying training in Portugal. New hazard is rowing with fish jumping into the boat or hitting you in the back.’
A sources at the British Olympic Association said athletes trained abroad just before the Games ‘to get away from it all’, as well as for the different climate.