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La Toya Jackson

I'm HONORED by Russian

Swimmers' MJ Tribute

8/9/2012 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Russia's INCREDIBLE synchronized swimming team didn't just blow away the judges with their gold medal-winning Michael Jackson routine this week -- they also left a lasting impression on one particular member of the Jackson family.

In case you missed it, the Russian team of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina donned MJ-themed bathing suits and performed an amazing routine to the King of Pop's "They Don't Care About Us." The performance eventually helped them land the gold, over Spain.



Their routine was near-perfect -- but no one was more impressed than Michael's sister, La Toya Jackson, who tells TMZ, "I'm thankful for the honor that the Olympian swimmers paid to my brother Michael's memory."

She adds, "It is so wonderful to see how many global fans he has!"

Yes, global fans who look OUTSTANDING in bathing suits.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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Americans kissing money ass...what's new?

770 days ago
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Virtual Insanity    

They were phenomenal. Absolutely freaking awesome.

770 days ago
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Kaya    

Right, because it's all about LaToya

770 days ago
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sidithers    

Make sense next time dip s.hit

770 days ago
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CelticOne    

They were phenomenal... syncro swimming is so hard to do!!! They deserve the gold, for sure.

770 days ago
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Kimbo    

Don't hold your breath Latoilet!


If they knew what your brother had done to little boys, they would not have chosen the music or anything associated with the pedophile brother of yours!

770 days ago
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nan    

there were two different countries that used Michael Jackson music and had his image oh their bathing suits.. but cant remember the other one , right now..
They were both excellent tributes..

770 days ago
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MIKE    

No doubt the Jackson's sent them a bill for using the image of Michael

770 days ago
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kat    

LaToya has shown herself to be the sane and classy one, these days. :)

770 days ago
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boner    

Shut up Latoya your whole family are a bunch of Idiots. I bet you dont even know where the Olympics are or what the Medal count is. Stay away from the world please.... You dont belong in it!

770 days ago
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HumanNature    

THE IMMORTAL KING OF "ALL" MUSIC, MICHAEL JACKSON


THE WORLD LOVE AND MISSES YOU!!!!!!


RUSSIA WITH L.O.V.E

770 days ago
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duilama    

TMZ must feel like they've won a gold medal too - an opportunity to get hits on the MJ gravey train!


Look at your pathetic attempt with Usher, less than 30 comments so far!


MJ who???


Olympic committee should ban mj music if not for pedophile, for drug use. MJ died of his drug addiction after all. Is that an inspiration to young athletes?

770 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

What they're doing is difficult. That being said, all the little machinations they did at the side of the pool before the music began were STUPID! And afterwards, they took their sweet time getting out of the pool.

770 days ago
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duh    

not from the olympics...

770 days ago
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Barbara    

Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to watch them live. Thank you TMZ for showing the video on your Website - they were simply amazing!!! Gold for them and Gold for our beloved Michael.

770 days ago
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