The next time you dive into the local pool and show off for your friends by trying to swim a full length underwater, here is something for you to consider as you struggle to make it to the other end without coming up for air. World Champion Free Diver and breath control expert, Stig Severinsen, just set the new world record by holding his breath underwater for an utterly astounding 22 minutes.
Severinsen is one of the all time greats in a sport that has few competitors and tests the human mind and body to the absolute limit. Free Diving has it roots in the ancient occupations of pearl diving and sponge collecting that have been practiced for thousands of years in the oceans of the world.
Modern athletes, looking for new frontiers to conquer, turned to the tradition of Free Diving and breath control in their never ending search for a sport that challenges competitors to reach into the unknown, forever pushing back the barriers of human endurance.
It is important to remember that Stig Severinsen is not a thrill seeker or a madman. He is a four-time World Champion Free Diver and the holder of two Guinness World Records for holding his breath. Stig holds a PhD in medicine, and he is the author of a bestselling book on a revolutionary new theory of breath control, Breatheology: The Art of Conscious Breathing.
When this remarkable athlete stepped into the pool this week and attempted to break his own world record of 20 minutes and 10 seconds, he modestly declared, “I really want to see what I am made of, so I am ready to push the envelope.” The metaphorical envelope was pushed, and 22 minutes later a triumphant Stig emerged from the pool with a new world record and another place in the Guinness Book Of World Records.
We humbly present the video of this astounding conquest of inner space by a true pioneer of the human spirit. The Inquisitr salutes the indomitable Stig Severinsen.