Demonstrating extreme skill, incredible bravery and intense dedication, four-time, Danish World Champion freediver, Stig Åvall Severinsen, achieved a new Guinness World Record when he accomplished ‘the longest dive under ice’, on a single breath of air. Authenticating his lifelong passion for water and breath-holding, Stig pushed himself far beyond the limits of any normal human being, swimming whilst wearing a wetsuit, in the freezing waters of Greenland. He submersed himself underneath one metre thick ice, as he covered a distance of 500ft (152.4mtrs) – the equivalent of one and a half football pitches. Stig’s ambitious world-record achievements are documented in Discovery Channel’s fascinating two-part series, The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe, which premieres in Denmark and the UK later this year.
Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief, Guinness World Records comments: Stig has more than proved himself worthy of a Guinness World Records certificate. Some of our record achievements are easy to attempt but not necessarily easy to beat, and some attempts – like these – are difficult to attempt AND difficult to beat. For Stig, it has always been about pushing the limits of what a human body can do, and his record-breaking success is testament to his technique, attitude and physicality.
Dan Korn, Senior Vice President and Head of Programming, Discovery Networks Western Europe comments: At Discovery, we’re fascinated by people who are willing to dedicate themselves to achieving the truly remarkable. Stig is one such individual and it was a great privilege for us to be able to film him as he attempted these three world records. It also provided an opportunity to explore some ground breaking physiological and sports science, which – through Stig’s endeavours – led us to the very limits of the human body’s capabilities.
The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe follows this superhuman as he risks cardiac arrest, unconsciousness and even death, in his quest to set new world records. Defying nature with his stunts, Stig contributes to a whole new world of scientific research by allowing scientists to test and evaluate what happens to his body under extreme physical and mental stress. But before Stig exhibits his extraordinary abilities he must go through a rigorous training routine, uniting mind and body through his own unique practice, Breatheology (www.breatheology.com).
The first episode of this forthcoming two-part documentary will see Stig freediving with sharks and crocodiles on the unspoilt reefs of Cuba where he introduces the history of freediving; become the first man to free dive in sub-zero waters under an iceberg, and endeavour to break another world record, swimming the longest distance under ice, but this time, without a wetsuit. In part two, Stig returns to his home town in Denmark to make his final ever attempt to break his own world record and hold his breath underwater for 22 minutes. But does he succeed in these epic challenges? All will be revealed in Discovery Channel’s, The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe later this year.
Click Here To Watch The Preview For The Show and To See the Record Be Broken!
©Discovery Channel 2013, Photo by Lars Kirkegaard
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