Britta Steffen in an interview: Swimming as Therapy - Sport
Swim Olympic champion Britta Steffen talks about the moment when she almost drowned, how she communicates with the water and what images you put in her head to get gold.
A few days before the interview, an e-mail: Same café as 2011? Prenzlauer Berg? Britta Steffen is then back with the bike, but now with child trailer. Eight years ago, it was about a World Cup in Shanghai, form curves, medal targets. Now is again swimming world championship, in South Korea. But the gold drudgery has Steffen, 35, behind. This time it's about the big picture: a life in the water.
SZ: Ms. Steffen, how long can you hold your breath under water?
Britta Steffen: One minute maybe? Not ...