Thomas Lurz Talks About His Career And Rivals On WOWSA Live

Thomas Lurz Talks About His Career And Rivals On WOWSA Live

Thomas Lurz Talks About His Career And Rivals On WOWSA Live

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Two-time Olympic medalist (2008 and 2012) and multiple world champion Thomas Lurz was a renowned hard worker and respected as a gentleman by his competitors.

The 40-year-old German open water swimmer covered a number of wide-ranging topics during his WOWSA Live interview with fellow International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Ned Denison:

* racing the last 400 meters against David Davies and Maarten van der Weijden during the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
* remembering the world-class training group in Germany that included swimmers from Petar Stoychev to Swann Oberson
* getting in cold pools early in the season and racing against his competitors in 14°C – 16°C water
* training every day including Sundays and holidays including Christmas while experiencing a type of aquatic schadenfreude
* winning races from 5 km to 25 km at the 2013 FINA World Championships
* facing yourself first and then facing your opponents at the next level including Spyros Gianniotis and Oussama Mellouli
* being coached and pushed by his older brother Stefan Lurz
* winning medals at the 5 km (a bronze against Oussama Mellouli and Eric Hedlin), 10 km (a silver against Spyridon Gianniotis and Oussama Mellouli), 25 km (a gold slightly ahead of Brian Ryckeman and Evgeny Drattsev), and 5 km team relay (a gold with Christian Reichert and Isabelle Härle) at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain
* feeling healthy and working out in retirement

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