Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas were officially named to represent Canada at the Olympic Games of Rio 2016 in synchronized swimming.

They carry with them the weight of past Canadian success in this sport, with Synchro Canada especially dominant in the 1980s and early 1990s, though without an Olympic medal since Sydney 2000. Should Simoneau and Thomas medal in the duet, they’ll not only end a medal drought, but the former at the age of 19 would become the youngest Canadian Olympic medal winner in that event.

Before getting too far ahead, here’s a look back at Canada’s illustrious synchro past:

Double silver at Los Angeles 1984

Canada's Sharon Hambrook (right) and Kelly Kryczka perform their synchronized swimming routine at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. (CP Photo/ COC/ Tim O'lett) Sharon Hambrook (droite) et Kelly Kryczka du Canada participent en nage synchronisée aux Jeux olympiques de Los Angeles 1984. (Photo PC/AOC)

Canada’s Sharon Hambrook (right) and Kelly Kryczka perform their synchronized swimming routine at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

In Los Angeles, Canadian world champions from two years earlier Sharon Hambrook and Kelly Kryczka, took home a silver medal in the duet and just missed the gold falling short to their competitive United States rivals by 0.55 points. Hambrook, then 21, still holds the record as the youngest Canadian Olympic duet medallist.

Canada's Carolyn Waldo competes in the synchronized swimming event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. (CP Photo/ COC/ Tim O'lett) Carolyn Waldo du Canada participe en nage synchronisée aux Jeux olympiques de Los Angeles 1984. (Photo PC/AOC)

Canada’s Carolyn Waldo competes in the synchronized swimming event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

This was Carolyn Waldo‘s first Olympic Games. While her teammates Hambrook and Kryczka were favoured to face off against USA’s Tracie Ruiz for the solo event glory, it was Waldo with no significant record previous to these Games that qualified for the final and took home the silver behind the American.

Striking gold in Seoul

Canada's Carolyn Waldo (left) and Michelle Cameron celebrates her gold medal win in the synchronized swimming duet event at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul. (CP PHOTO/ COC/ Ted Grant) Carolyn Waldo (gauche) et Michelle Cameron du Canada célèbrent après avoir remporté une médaille d'or en nage synchronisée en duo aux Jeux olympiques de Séoul de 1988. (PC Photo/AOC)

Canada’s Carolyn Waldo (left) and Michelle Cameron celebrate their gold medal win in the synchronized swimming duet event at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul.

During the following Olympic Games, Canada struck gold in the duet category. Waldo teamed up with Michelle Cameron to beat the USA and Japan. While it was an incredibly close competition between the duo and American Pan-Am winners Karen and Sarah Josephson, the Canadians held onto their large lead right up to the final in order to win the event.

Canada's Carolyn Waldo celebrates her gold medal win in the synchronized swimming event along with silver medal winner Tracie Ruiz-Conforto (left) of the United States and bronze medal winner Mickako Kotani of Japan (right) at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul. (CP PHOTO/ COC/ Ted Grant) Carolyn Waldo du Canada exprime ses émotions après avoir remporté une médaille d'or en nage synchronisée, en compagnie de Tracie Ruiz-Conforto (argent) des États-Unis et Mickako Kotani (bronze) du Japon aux Jeux olympiques de Séoul de 1988. (Photo PC/AOC)

Canada’s Carolyn Waldo celebrates her gold medal win in the synchronized swimming event at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul.

In the solo category, Waldo returned and quickly gained an incredible lead against previous gold medallist Ruiz. It was her first solo gold and an incredible third Olympic medal in two Games.

Highs and lows in Barcelona

Canada's Penny and Vicky Vilagos, identical twins, competing in the synchronized swimming event at the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. (CP PHOTO/ COC/ Ted Grant) Les jumelles indentiques Penny et Vicky Vilagos du Canada participent à la nage synchronisée aux Jeux olympiques de Barcelone de 1992. (PC Photo/AOC)

Canada’s Penny and Vicky Vilagos, identical twins, competing in the synchronized swimming event at the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. (CP PHOTO/ COC/ Ted Grant)

Identical Canadian twins Penny and Vicky Vilagos faced off against favoured American twin sisters, the Josephsons, who were undefeated since their Olympic appearance in Seoul.  In the end, the Canadians collected the silver.

BARCELONA, AUG. 2--COSTLY ERROR--A judge's error could cost Canadian synchronized swimmer Sylvie Frechette, shown competing in the competition last Sunday, a shot at the gold medal. ( CP PHOTO) 1992 (stf-Dave Buston)

Canadian synchronized swimmer Sylvie Frechette at Barcelona 1992.

Sylvie Frechette was favoured to win gold in this category.  However, synchro judge Maria de Silveira clicked an incorrect score, providing USA soloist Kristen Babb-Sprague a massive lead.  While Babb-Sprague took the gold, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound helped appeal the mistake to FINA, the sport’s governing body. Eventually, FINA granted both Babb-Sprague and Frechette the gold as co-champions.

Team effort in Atlanta

Canada's Synchronized Swimming team perform their routine at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. (CP PHOTO/COC/Scott Grant) L'équipe de nage synchronisée du Canada participe aux Jeux olympiques d'Atlanta de 1996. (PC Photo/AOC)

Canada’s Synchronized Swimming team perform their routine at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. (CP PHOTO/COC/Scott Grant)

Canada’s first taste of Olympic success in the team category arrived at 1996 in Atlanta when the Canadians won a silver medal. Frechette was one of the nine medallists, earning her second trip to the Olympic podium in as many Games.

A bronze down under

Canada's synchronized swiimming team perform the technical routine in competition at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000. Canada was third after the routine. (CP PHOTO/COC-Scott Grant) L'équipe canadienne de nage synchronisée lors du programme technique exécuté le jeudi 28 septembre 2000 aux Jeux olympiques de Sydney. Le Canada était troisième à l'issue de cette épreuve. (CP PHOTO/COC-Scott Grant)

Canada’s synchronized swimming team perform the technical routine in competition at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000. Canada was third after the routine. (CP PHOTO/COC-Scott Grant)

Four years after a historic first, Canada returned to score a bronze at Sydney 2000 in the team event. This was the last Olympic medal Canada won in Synchronized Swimming to date.