Danish Superhuman comes out of retirement to shatter world record in the name of Mother Nature
La Paz, Mexico, Dec. 22, 2020 — Danish freediver, Stig Severinsen, has broken many records. Although it has been almost 25 years since the first, and the date of birth may rather point to retirement than to new power performances, the Danish Superman has pulled on his swimming trunks once again. The reason is the global ecological crisis, and the reflection that he believes the 2020 Pandemic should give us all.
Stig Severinsen was the first person to hold his breath for 20 minutes under water. He has set a plethora of world records, and teaches breathing techniques for both peak performance and physical as well as mental rehabilitation. Now he has smashed the existing record in longitudinal swimming underwater to the sensational and symbolic figure: 202.0 meters.
No human has ever before dived so far in the ocean on a single breath of air. Thus, the Dane adds a full pool length of 25 meters to the Venezuelan Carlos Coste’s record of 177 meters, which he set four years ago at the age of 40. Coste himself has held the record since 2010.
Stig Severinsen will turn 48 in a couple of months, and should therefore not be able to compete with freediving’s younger world players. However, the year 2020 has brought something to life in the Superman.
“I have long been looking for an opportunity to strike a blow for our planet and remind us how we should treat it. The place where the dive took place in Mexico belongs to one of the world’s most unique and beautiful coastal areas. Like many other places, it is threatened by plastic pollution and the human lifestyle in general “, says Severinsen and continues: “When the world was hit by Covid-19 almost a year ago, I was looking for a way to show that the pandemic was not an excuse to forget our priorities for nature, or put our ambitions on standby. On the contrary. That is why I have spent the time training and developing both myself and my message”.
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