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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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31.

smileandshine    

They were more then incredible!

704 days ago
32.

tenley    

Jesus Christ, not everything is about the Jackson family. I mean every ice skater picks songs, and you don't have every performer coming out and commenting as though the skating is all about the effin singer.

704 days ago
33.

nikki    

Brilliant thankyou Russia

WE LOVE MJ

704 days ago
34.

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?

704 days ago
35.

cindy    

Awesome Performance !!!

704 days ago
36.

West Vasquez    

It was a tribute to the music, not the pedophile.

704 days ago
37.

Tracey    

AWESOME!

704 days ago
38.

MiMi    

Michael Jackson was a disgusting kiddy diddling PIG


Burn in hell FREAK!

704 days ago
39.

OhWell    

What Would Happen If MJ
Jumped Into That Pool?


1. His Wig Would Float Away


2. His Makeup Would Wash Off


3. His Nose Would Detach


4. His Clown Outfit Would Sink & Drown Him


5. He Would Grab Any Little Boy In The Pool


6. The Pool Would Turn Green.


7. Te Hehe

704 days ago
40.

LynnMoz    

TMZ sign up

704 days ago
41.

haskel420    

WELL THEY HAVE LATOYAS NOSE DOWN ON THAT TRIBUTE..

704 days ago
42.

fizz    

Haha funny! Charlie Sheen — Synchronized Swimmer?
http://www.omdoubleg.com/olympics/charlie-sheen-synchronized-swimming/

704 days ago
43.

JustAnotherFatAmerican    

THAT was freaking awesome!

704 days ago
44.

moe    

Boring... mostly waving hands and flicking them... UGH! the one on the right looks like a dude!

704 days ago
45.

vivajeffvegas    

yes, let's honor a rapist and child molester...

704 days ago
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