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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.

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Sean    

WOW they took it to the next level, same noise and everything, P.S. LA Toyo noone EVER cared what you thought (MJ couldnt even stand you) HeeHee Jam on!

742 days ago
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1    

aaaaww...sid****ers used the word dip.****. Pissed off a little? probably...go suck a dick u douche that's what you do best.

742 days ago
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Marco Polo    

That's NOT London or the 2012 Olympics! LOL You mean, no one noticed the dead giveaway - the "European Championship" sign? :)

742 days ago
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Majestik    

I just adore the swimsuits. A little high cut but really nice. That routine was stunning. I can't imagine being able to do that.

742 days ago
20.

Joey    

Their noses look just like hers

742 days ago
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mj fan forever    

GREAT performance and Tribute to the BEST of all Michael Jackson!!!! GOLD medal very well deserved!!!!

742 days ago
22.

Crackhead    

You gotta love the Russians. They produce swimsuits using unauthorized artwork of Michael Jackson on their swimsuits and they wear them for the world to see in the Olymipcs. It just proves that Russians don't care about using something that they don't own the rights to. Russian, Chinese, they are in the same boat. LaToya might like this idea, but you can be sure that Michale Jackson's estate doesn't.

742 days ago
23.

Marie    

Priscilla Presley is crying in her soup. She advised her daughter Lisa Marie Presley to dump Michael Jackson and marry Michael Lockwood instead. Now Michael Jackson is a global superstar and icon bigger than Elvis Presley with a billion dollars estate and three adorable children but Lisa Marie Presley could have been the one in charge of his legacy and having his kids but she divorced Michael Jackson because she was afraid to upset her mother who did not approve of interracial marriage and biracial grandkids. Now Lisa Marie looks like the biggest loser on the planet. She married Michael Lockwood an untalented musician and she had twins with him. Nobody cares about her except the few thousands Elvis fans. Michael Jackson has millions of fans all around the world. But they don't like Lisa Marie Presley because she said a lot of mean things about their idol in the press. That's why her new album flopped. Michael Jackson's fans are not supporting her career.

742 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

I haven't seen women this ugly since Jim Carrey played Vera DeMilo.

742 days ago
25.

DaveT    

Women's synchronized swimming is always cool, the athletic ability of the women and amazing ways they can move in the water, double win for men we get to see awesome athletics and the same time see hot women wiggling around, women's sports rule ;)

742 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

The Russian women synchronized swimmers are actually men. When they were young boys they stayed at the Never Never Land Ranch for a long sleep over. I'm just sayin!
Phishie from Philly

742 days ago
27.

charles    

fantastic to get to see this here

742 days ago
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mj fan forever    

LOVE and MiSS Michael Jackson very much!!!!

742 days ago
29.

tucker    

That was awesome! I'm not one to cheer for the Russians but way to go ladies!! Great job!!!

742 days ago
30.

TK    

So synchronized swimming is a sport, but dressage isn't... interesting... Clearly the folks at TMZ have never tried dressage... I would love to see Harvey give it a shot and end up on his butt... Maybe equestrians would fare better in TMZ's eyes if we wore bathing suits???

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